Posts Tagged: Poets and Writers

Entitled Fiction

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At Poets and Writers, Steve Almond offers his opinion on the growing “Problem of Entitlement” —  “a curious arrogance toward published authors” among young writers. Here’s why he thinks that’s the continuing case:

In my own experience, the Problem of Entitlement has gotten worse over the past decade and a half, and for three distinct reasons: first, the growing competitive pressures on aspiring writers; second, the pace and ease of judgment fostered by digital technology; and finally, the insidious cultural tendency of students to think of themselves as customers.

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Homesteading Detroit

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Detroit has a large inventory of vacant homes. Two years ago, Toby Barlow thought a great way to repopulate the city–and get new taxpayers–would be giving houses away to writers. Write a House plans on giving away its first house this year with Billy Collins and Major Jackson judging applicants’ writing.

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Really?

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Of all the electrons blasted across the internet in the raging debate about the Poets & Writers rankings of MFA programs across this land, these may be the most useless. While defending the honor of the Columbia MFA program, Scott Kenemore wrote the following:

“It’s [Columbia's MFA program] for people whose genitals still work, dammit.”

How could anyone argue with such potent logic?

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