Friday, June 19, 2015

It'd be okay if more people cared about literature and writing

Do not suppose that I object to writing programs in general (I myself am a proud graduate of the Seminar) or that I indulge in the all-too-tiresome hand-writing about the proliferation of MFA programs and the pseudo crisis of "too many writers." If every member of the human race evinced a fondness for literature and even a moderate level of dexterity with the written word, I would be a happier, if not more well-adjusted, man. The trouble arrives when students are led o expect tenure-track jobs (those days are behind us) or champagne and caviar parties at Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Julie Schumacher, Dear Committee Members: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2014), p.66.

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