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MFA in a Box: A Why to Write Book by [Rember, John]
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Drawing on Gilgamesh, the Book of Job, the myth of Orpheus, his own life, and the lives of Ezra Pound and Jack Henry Abbott, with a little James Hillman thrown in, Rember (Traplines) argues that the only reason to write is to tell the truth about the soul-less, life-denying, nature-destroying culture we inhabit. This news simultaneously taps into a writer's deepest fantasy-I'm the one, the truth teller-and nightmare-writing really does require a descent into hell, and makes the writer superhuman, able to bear truths the rest of society can't. There must be a lot of kryptonite about, then, because Rember's effort often reads like a cross between self-help manual (face the darkness!) and a teacher's cri de coeur (go deeper; don't make me read another puerile story!). It's hard to argue with some of his points-yes, language lies, especially when writers mistake prettifying for deepening. But when the insights have to be plucked from a mash-up of overstatements, self-indulgent personal narratives, and gnomic and risible rules like "Dream as a God, write as a mortal," most writers and would-be-writers will opt to find another box.
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"The essential truths of excellent writing." The Judges of the Hoffer Awards

"Witty, audacious, and wise." Robin Metz, winner of the Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Award, Director of the Knox College Creative Writing Program

"Beyond Burroway. This is the book for the serious student of writing." Jo-Ann Mapson, co-creator of the University of Alaska Low-Residency MFA Program

"For writers and teachers searching for rejuvenation in their work and affirmation of it, this book is a sacred read." Renee D'Aoust, Body of a Dancer

"Rember engages his readers in some of the issues every writer faces--writing about place, about family, about grief--not as problems to be overcome but as issues to be understood." Jeff Baker, Book Editor, The Oregonian

"Not your father's writer's manual. Rember's humor is dry, mordant, andmerciless." Kent McDaniel, Windy City Reviews

"Could change the whole way you think about the process of writing." Sharon Harrigan, Walking on the Highway

"The best book I've read about writing and living the creative life." Gretchen Little, "A Book Review and More," Squidoo

"An inspiration. It makes me want to write, helps me find the courage to do so, and allows me see the purpose in the hard work of it." Rebecca Elgin, wolvesandwriting.com

"Belongs on every writer's bookshelf." Randy Richardson, President, Chicago Writers Association

"Maybe not a book for the faint-hearted writer--unless you want to stop being faint-hearted." Richard P. Flanagan, Colby College

"If you don't close his book somehow transformed, you may well be un-transformable." Robert Peake, The Silence Teacher

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  • File Size: 643 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dream of Things (April 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VF681U
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