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MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction Paperback – February 25, 2014
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“A cast of literary professionals offers an entertaining bounty of experience, opinions and advice . . . Essential insights, masterfully assembled, on the precarious state of American publishing.” ―Kirkus
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For example: What about the very thriving poetry scene in and around the Bay area of San Francisco, with its dozens of literary bookstores and coffee shops, and as many readings per week?
What about the hundreds of small presses around the country, many of them of very high quality?
What about all the new options for self-publishing? I myself have a website on which dozens of my articles, essays, works of fiction appear. Two of my novels are Kindle E-Mail books. Otherwise I have published in Europe. I dont consider either NYC or the MFA as viable options.
I, also, was "educated" in this false notion, in college, that the only "scenes" in American literature were in NYC or the universities. It's taken me years to realize how wrong this is.
In addition, apart from Mr. Hudson's essay, the writing in this anthology is, by and large, mediocre.
I am not a professional writer, but I do read a lot and enjoy the process of reading. Harbach's alternating chapters of MFA and NYC illuminated for me the great struggle that student writers and professional writers are engaged in to get their work to an audience, and to make a living from their craft. There are several industries undergoing immense change - newspaper publishing, music recording, hotel/spare room reservations, etc. After reading this book, it seems to me that the literary world should undergo a similar revolution. Both of the current choices, either masters degree or trail by fire in New York City, involve a huge amount of cost, both financial and personal. I read many of the personal vignettes with empathy and compassion - literary artists reduced to concerns of the bottom line as opposed to creating the highest possible merit in contemporary literature.
Although this book is very very different from Harbach's first novel, I found it interesting and a relatively quick read. I am not currently in the publishing industry or in the academic world, but I can nonetheless recommend "MFA v. NYC" as an engaging exploration of the struggles young writers face as they navigate their professional literary journeys.
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The book gives you an inside look at the workings of MFA programs nationwide. Must read for anyone considering a graduate program in writing.Published 3 months ago by Ger-Ber
Some intriguing essays, highlighting some of the most interesting debates. By no means is it exhaustive, but now I know what questions I need to ask about the industry.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Instead, the big space is reserved for essays, and I couldn’t help but notice that at least four of the authors were associated with n+1, including Harbach, Emily Gould (who spends... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Melanie Page
This is a really good book! I can't explain how perfect this book is. I really enjoyed it. As a writer trying to weigh an MFA with the "NYC" route, this was very helpful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by hapaxlegomena
This is quite a book if you are an aspiring writer, or effectively a writer, in the USA. It is formed by essays from writers from the two main groups that compose American... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Kiko
As, I haven't read the book in it's entirety, my view points on particularly based on the first article, with the same title as the book, by Chad Harbach, and the overall theme... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shaq
For more on the terrible writing of Gould, see: "Emily Gould, Literary Narcissism, and the Middling Millennials" on edrants. Read morePublished 23 months ago by James R Newlin
Anybody interested in the state of writing and publishing, and in academic creative writing programs, will find some interesting things to think about here.Published on April 28, 2014 by E. Allen