Thanks to all who shared thoughts and tips about your sources of ideas for writing. I enjoyed it and am sure that many others did as well. Please don’t stop adding to that post. I’d like to see it continue to grow and become a handy resource for many others.
Has anyone read MFA VS NYC? I’m just starting it. My friend Charlotte Collier gave it to me. The subtitle is THE TWO CULTURES OF AMERICAN FICTION. Edited by Chad Harbach, it explores the rise in influence of universities via graduate and undergraduate writing programs during the past thirty years versus the “NYC” traditional trade publishing industry.
I’ve only read the introduction but it reminds me of statements by Dana Gioia in his book, CAN POETRY MATTER, in which he says that there are probably more poems written, more collections published, and more poetry readings given now than ever before — but outside academia few people seem to care. Newspapers have dropped their poetry section. Reviewers have turned their attention elsewhere. And trade publishers struggle more than ever to find room for poetry on their lists.
I look forward to reading MFA VS NYC to learn if the two major influences in today’s fiction are locked in a similar struggle between what is written and what is selling. Let me know if you’ve already read the book and have an opinion to share. Or, for that matter, if you have an opinion anyway.