Etikettarkiv: MFA vs. NYC

Skrivarkurs enligt Gordon Lish

”At the first class Lish established just how much he would demand of his students. He started at least one term at Columbia by asking them to tell their most shameful secret, ‘the ineffable, the despicable, the thing you will never live down,’ as Hempel wrote in Vanity Fair. One student admitted to having run someone over; another may have for the first time come out of the closet. When the exercise was over, Lish smiled. ‘Did I say,’ he asked, ‘that this secret doesn’t have to be true?’

Hempel said that this exercise set the stakes of the workshop: students would have to give everything they had to even attempt to please him. It also set the terms: Lish wanted students to approach him from a position of complete vulnerability. The effort to satisfy Lish would be about more than literature—it would be personal. Pleasing him would not only affirm their worth as writers but put them back on tolerable footing with him as human beings.”

Citerat ur ”Seduce the Whole World: Gordon Lish’s Workshop” av Carla Blumenkranz, redaktör på n+1. Citatet är hämtat ur New Yorker men essän finns även publicerad i helt nyutkomna antologin MFA vs. NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fictionred. Chad Harbach.

O.W.

Lämna en kommentar

Under Artiklar

Essä: ”MFA vs. NYC” av Chad Harbach

”On one hand, a weakened market for literary fiction makes publishing houses less likely than ever to devote resources to work that doesn’t, like a pop song, ”hook” the reader right away. On the other, the MFA-driven shift in the academic canon has altered the approach of writers outside the university as well as those within. Throughout the latter half of the last century, many of our most talented novelists—Nabokov, Gaddis, Bellow, Pynchon, DeLillo, Wallace—carved out for themselves a cultural position that depended precisely on a combination of public and academic acclaim.”

Citerat ur Chad Harbachs omdiskuterade essä ”MFA vs. NYC”, ursprungligen publicerad i n+1, nu publicerad i Slate med den dramatiska undertiteln ”America now has two distinct literary cultures. Which one will last?” Snart kommer en littetatursociologisk bok ut på samma tema, de två kulturerna koncentrerade till högskolor respektive New Yorks förlagsindustri. Harbach är redaktör. Boken lär väcka en hel del debatt.

O.W.

Lämna en kommentar

Under Artiklar