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Showing posts from June, 2014

Getting into the Grove at the Paris Review

“Had we just gone ahead and published Burroughs it would have been a mess because we already had so many lawsuits.”
— The Paris Review (@parisreview) June 28, 2014
MT "Alfred Kazin was another witness. Picked him up from the New School, where I’d taken a course with him."
— Alex Kudera (@kudera) June 29, 2014
Miller did not have the kind of reputation that Lawrence did. He was thought of as a sort of bum, an early Kerouac.
— Alex Kudera (@kudera) June 29, 2014
"I got to hate Quakers. Detest them. They were anti-Semitic at Swarthmore, and there were no blacks, not one."
— Alex Kudera (@kudera) June 29, 2014
"My father somehow made friends with them, but I couldn’t. To them, I was a Jew. My Irish Catholic half didn’t count. . .[T]hey were snobs."
— Alex Kudera (@kudera) June 29, 2014

from A Moveable Feast

“The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” “The one who is doing his work and getting satisfaction from it is not the one the poverty is hard on.”― Ernest HemingwayA Moveable Feast

(Both quotations are from Chapter 5, "A False Spring"; I'm rereading the book as included in The Restored Edition, which is, according to this edition, the one Hemingway had completed when he passed.)

college affordability and creative writing

"The college affordability dream is dead for these students" notes that the median debtor now owes $29,400 and includes this section relevant to the teaching of creative writing: Lucy Parks, 18, enrolled at New York University in 2012 armed with a $60,000 college fund — the fruit of decades worth of her parents’ diligent saving — and a $30,000 annual scholarship from the school itself. NYU is one of the most expensive universities in the country, running more than $60,000 a year for a full-time student, including room and board. After applying her scholarship money, she still had to pay $30,000 a year for tuition, room and board. For Parks, who wanted to take advantage of the school’s unique creative writing program, NYU was her first and only choice. “I didn’t want to sacrifice my dream simply because I may not have enough money,” she says. To make ends meet, Parks worked three part-time jobs and eventually moved into an apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn with two friends to save…