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Should I Go to Grad School?: 41 Answers to an Impossible Questionby Allison Rodman
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The decision to attend graduate school is easy for future doctors and lawyers: they need a professional degree to start their careers. But for many young creative workers, aspiring artists and intellectuals, grad school poses an existential fork in the road. An M.F.A. or a humanities Ph.D. can give you time to study something you love among people with similar interests, but it can also uproot you geographically and saddle you with debt. Given the current job market, is grad school really worth it—financially, professionally, and emotionally?In Should I Go to Grad School?, a wide range of intellectuals and creative types—sculptors and philosophers, activists and poets, a cocktail designer and a movie star—share their stories about going to grad school or avoiding it, and what that decision has meant in their lives. They provide an inside look at what graduate programs are really like, and share the wisdom they wish they had going in. Showcasing a wide range of voices and diverse paths to success, Should I Go to Grad School? is essential and fascinating reading for anyone considering an advanced degree. The contributors:STEPHEN BURT Academic/Critic STEPHEN SQUIBB Student AMY OLEARY Journalist EBEN KLEMM Mixologist DAVID ORR Poet/Critic MAGGIE NELSON Writer MEEHAN CRIST Writer DUNCAN WATTS Social Scientist ELIZABETH SCHAMBELAN Editor ASTRA TAYLOR Filmmaker/Writer SAMUEL ZIPP Professor/Writer ANDREA FRASER Artist DAVID LEVINE Artist NANCY BAUER Academic BEN NUGENT WriterNIKIL SAVAL Writer JOHN QUIJADA Linguist ERIK LINDMAN Artist PETER COVIELLO Professor SARA MARCUS Writer ROSS PERLIN Writer/Linguist KENNETH GOLDSMITH Poet ALEXANDER NAGEL Art Historian GABRIEL WINANT Labor Historian DALE STEPHENS Dropout MICHELLE ORANGE Writer/Critic TERRY CASTLE Writer/Scholar NAMWALI SERPELL Writer LILI HOLZER-GLIER Photographer/Journalist SIMON CRITCHLEY Writer/Teacher DAVID AUERBACH Writer/Engineer JAKE HEGGIE Composer RON ROSENBAUM Writer/Dropout LUCY IVES Writer/Poet NICOLA TWILLEY Writer/Curator JOSH BOLDT Writer AMY SILLMAN Artist RHONDA LIEBERMAN Writer DAVID VELASCO Writer/EditorJAMES FRANCO ActorSHEILA HETI Writer
The decision to attend graduate school is easy for future doctors and lawyers: they must have a professional degree to get started. But for young creative workers, aspiring artists, and intellectuals, grad school is an existential fork in the road. An M.F.A. or a humanities Ph.D. can give you time to invest in studying something you love among like-minded intellectuals and qualify you to teach a new generation of students; but it can also uproot you geographically, expose you to backstabbing competitors, and saddle you with debt. Given the current job market, is grad school really worth it—financially, professionally, and emotionally?
In Should I Go to Grad School?, a wide range of people who lead intellectually and creatively interesting lives—sculptors and philosophers, activists and poets, a cocktail designer and a movie star—tell their own stories about choosing to go to grad school—or steering clear—and what that decision has meant in their lives. They give us an inside look at what grad school today is really like, and share the wisdom they wish they could have had going in. They reflect on their divergent paths to success, and muse about the path not taken.
With contributors including David Orr, James Franco, Simon Critchley, Terry Castle, Sheila Heti, and many more, Should I Go to Grad School? is a must read for anyone seriously considering that titular question.
About the Author
Jessica Loudis is a writer and editor based in New York. Her writing and reviews have been featured in the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Believer, Slate, the Daily Beast, and elsewhere. Bosko Blagojevic is a New York-based artist, writer, programmer, and arts entrepreneur who founded Platform for Pedagogy in 2008. John Arthur Peetz is a writer and an editor at Platform for Pedagogy. Allison Rodman works for the Armory Show in New York City.
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