Tag Archives: Advanced Degree Courses

Daily Obstruction: Degrees of Difficulty

30 May


Degrees of Difficulty


As with mountains and pyramids, so too with rites of ascending passage – one can climb along the surface elevations or one can explore the inner chambers.  One can tunnel under to unearth the foundation or one can enter and exit the gates of the garden paths and byways.

Writing on Writing

27 Mar

For the inaugural post, I would like to solicit writers thoughts about the following New Yorker article by Louis Menand from June 8, 2009, on advanced degree programs in creative writing: Show or Tell.   To put the question in Socratic fashion: Can creative writing be taught?  If so, how?

Speaking of Socrates, to my thinking, he is the first to ask this question and to answer in the negative in the context of teaching a youth how to write.  See Plato’s Phaedrus – one of my favorite dialogues.