What is Jazz? Jazz is a kind of music in which improvisation is typically an important part. In most jazz performances, players play solos which they make up on the spot, which requires considerable skill. There is tremendous variety in jazz , but most jazz is very rhythmic, has a forward momentum called "swing," and uses ...
This passage on America's mentally ill homeless people is adapted from an essay written by Henry G. Cisneros, Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration.
This passage is adapted from William Dean Howells' The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885). In this excerpt, the protagonist, a newly rich self-made business man, is about to be interviewed by a newspaper reporter.
Joseph Conrad was a Polish novelist who lived most of his life in Britain and didn' t learn English until age 21. The young Conrad lived an adventurous life involving gunrunning and political conspiracy, and apparently had a disastrous love affair that plunged him into despair. He served 16 years in the merchant navy.