There are a lot of people who have very strong feelings about MFA programs, but Blake Butler’s Vice piece ”What I Remember from Getting an MFA in Creative Writing,” just sort of lays out the details and holds back on the judgment (not unlike good fiction, really)....more
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At The Awl, Blake Butler reflects on attachment to the Internet world (and the machines with which we enter) as well as the meaning of obsession.
“It seems too late for any of this to be stopped. Even making aimed attempts to avoid these machinations and the silent spread seems bent against a thing that continues with or without you to be growing in no glow....more
At The Awl, Blake Butler has let us in on a little secret: he’s posted a spreadsheet with every piece of writing he’s submitted from 2006 to 2008. It’s an impressively long list that includes where the piece(s) were submitted and whether they were accepted or rejected....more
“If we can get them right, books are luminous versions of our ideas, bound by narrative structure so that others can encounter those better, smarter versions of us on the page or screen.
Books make the case for us, for the identity of the individual as an embodiment of thinking in the world....more
In a very powerful piece in the Guardian, Bidisha writes about how she’s tired of being the token woman in the British arts scene, and about how women are consistently underrepresented in reviews, on panels, and in other venues. Her numbers speak for themselves: “I felt it [nausea] when I saw this week’s edition of the London Review of Books....more