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MFA VS NYC
Introduction, Chad Harbach
The best way to approach this book is as a kind of jointly written novel—one whose composite hero is the fiction writer circa 2014. Her voyage is a long one, and she has her frailties: her concentration is fragile, she wakes up too late and checks her email too often, she drinks too much coffee in the morning and too much wine at night. But she is always working, working, working, trying both to pay her rent and to put the way the world feels into words.
MFA vs NYC, Chad Harbach
The university now rivals, if it hasn’t surpassed, New York as the economic center of the literary fiction world. Everyone knows this. But what’s remarked rarely if at all is the way this balance has created, in effect, two literary cultures.
A Mini-Manifesto, George Saunders
As in all things, we have to look at particulars. If someone says, “Creative writing programs are bad,” I think we’d want to ask: “Which one?” And: “When?”
The Pyramid Scheme, Eric Bennett
The Iowa Workshop, then, attained national eminence by capitalizing on the fears and hopes of the cold war. And the creative writing programs founded in Iowa’s image did not, in this respect, resemble it. No other program would be celebrated on the glossy pages of Look and Life.
The Fictional Future, David Foster Wallace
In order to remain both helpful and sane, the professional writer/teacher has got to develop, consciously or not, an aesthetic doctrine, a static set of principles about how a “good” story works. Otherwise he’d have to start from intuitive scratch with each student piece he reads, and that way the liquor cabinet lies.
My Parade, Alexander Chee
Fame seemed like a terrible, even a stupid thing to want, but it also could protect you from vanishing forever, especially if you were a gay writer, already disadvantaged when it came to publication, much less posterity.
How to Be Popular, Melissa Flashman
The praise was not enough to cut through the fizz and champagne that characterized the late stages of an asset bubble. No one wanted to hear bad news—or at least they didn’t want to use their second mortgages to pay twenty-four dollars for it in hardcover.
Into the Woods, Emily Gould
It’s hard to write about being broke because brokeness is so relative; “broke” people run the gamut from the trust-funded jerks whose books you buy because she’s “so broke right now” to the people who sleep outside the bar where she’s whining. But by summer 2012 I was broke, and in debt, and it was no one’s fault but mine.
The Disappointment Business, Jim Rutman
There’s love-love: the elusive, transfixing devotion you feel for your favorite books, regardless of when they were written or by whom. But love-love is so rare that work-love necessarily comes into play, and work-love is a slippery, contingent thing.
People Wear Khakis, Lorin Stein with Astri von Arbin Ahlander
She introduced herself as the mistress of a writer whose book I had just read. And I had never met somebody who introduced themselves as somebody’s mistress before, so I was perfectly happy to go stand in a corner with this nice middle-aged German lady.
Nine Lives, Jynne Martin
I’ve experimented with a variety of ways to get media and booksellers excited about the writers I work with. I’ve snatched up an auction lot of vintage Vegas postcards on eBay, had moonshine smuggled up from North Carolina, and bulk-ordered boxes of flapper-era black wigs. “Etsy that shit out” is gospel among my current team.
Money (2006), Keith Gessen
Poor publisher—last week he became so discombobulated by the “realities of the publishing industry” that he paid $400,000 for the first novel of a blogger. “He’ll be promoting the book on his blog!” the publisher tells his writer over seared ahi tuna. “Which, you see, is read by other bloggers!”
Money (2014), Keith Gessen
These were the times we were living in. I was on a college campus. I was a visiting professor. And I was sitting in my office, bearded and wise-looking, and, in all seriousness, discussing orcs.
Seduce the Whole World, Carla Blumenkranz
The best instructors learn to cultivate and deflect the interest of their students, and the most attentive students are able to play along, to everyone’s satisfaction. Both teachers and students create the possibility of seduction in the workshop, as a way of heightening its potential, but most often an understanding is maintained that nothing may happen between them.
Application, Diana Wagman
In retrospect, I can see we were all frightened. Not just me, not just the students, but the entire faculty. I’ve admitted I thought teaching there would help my writing career. Some better-known author would write “luminous” in a jacket blurb for me. But everybody wanted the same thing and so everyone got petty and snide.
The Invisible Vocation, Elif Batuman
The novelistic hero is by definition someone whose life experience hasn’t yet been fully described, possibly because of his race or class, but more broadly because he didn’t exist before, and neither did the technology for describing him. The latest novel is immediately absorbed into the field of pre-existing literature, and becomes the thing the next novel has to be written against.
Dirty Little Secret, Fredric Jameson
What initially looked like a “culture of narcissism” now unexpectedly begins to generate new social formations and a new kind of non-introspective literature to express them.
Reality Publishing, Darryl Lorenzo Wellington
You could argue that writers’ magazines provide a substitute education for thousands of dreamers without access to writing classes or MFA programs. What you see on the magazine racks, however, is a glut of hard-sell techniques. What you see says publishing is all about Winners and Losers.
A Partial List of the Books I’ve Written, Eli S. Evans
Then I wrote a very bad novel, about 500 pages long, called Dreaming of Heidegger, that I don’t even want to talk about.
THE MUG, THE FAIR
Michael Smith’s Final Assignment mug
The text: Smith’s contribution to Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment, in full.
The color: white on cobalt blue.
The price: $13.00.
The occasion: the soft launch of our new website, drawitwithyoureyesclosed.com.
The mug, perfect for artists, art educators, students, and anyone needing a pick-me-up, will be available this weekend at the Los Angeles Art Book Fair, where once again we’ll be sharing a booth with our illustrious friends and graphic designers Project Projects. Come find us at table R01! Stay tuned for more fair information.
If you can’t make the fair, it’s also available here for pre-order.
Paper Monument is headed to Los Angeles for Printed Matter’s first annual L.A. Art Book Fair. Join us February 1st through 3rd for books, ebooks, 3D iPad sculptures, and an edition by L.A.’s own Jon Pylypchuck. Look for us at booth A08 with our friends, Project Projects.
Hope to see you there!
The Tote-All Package
– Paper Monument Issue 4
– Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment
– I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette
– The newest small book of our sister journal, n+1, No Regrets
Plus the tote itself.
$62 cover price. Sale price, including postage: $48
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Paper Monument rings in the holidays
When: Wednesday, November 28, 7 – 9 pm
Where: P!, 334 Broome St, New York, NY 10002
Dear friends, readers, and supporters,
Please join us for a special Paper Monument party on November 28. We’re looking forward to
•Presenting recent multiples by Antoine Catala, Kerstin Braestch, and Jon Pylypchuk
•Sporting our stylish “How Artists Must Dress” tote bags, and
•Drinking hot mulled wine with all of our friends and supporters!
With your holiday gift needs in mind, we’re offering eminently stocking-stuffable items in affordable bundles. Please join us for mulled wine, conversation, and cheer! Hope to see you here.
Paper Monument is pleased to announce the publication of a new digital multiple by Antoine Catala, debuting this weekend in our booth at the NY Art Book Fair.
James Dunn, the famous actor, is on a blind date. It’s 2024, when augmented virtual reality glasses are the norm. James can’t believe his luck, the woman sitting across from him is drop dead gorgeous, she looks great in High RenderGloss Skin Tech.
Date 2024 is an interactive 3D comic strip developed for smartphone or tablet devices. Designed with these devices’ tactile displays in mind, the work allows readers to explore the spatial structure of the comic book format. Date 2024 will be available in an edition of 100. The work has been developed to be installed on tablet or smartphone devices and will be accompanied by a signed certificate.
Antoine Catala (b. 1975, Toulouse, France) is represented in New York by 47 Canal and in Munich by Galerie Christine Mayer. He studied mathematics at Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, and fine arts at Guildhall University in London.
Paper Monument at the New York Art Book Fair
We’ll be featuring a new limited-edition art object for the iPad by Antoine Catala alongside beautiful multiples by Jon Pylypchuk and Kerstin Brätsch. We’ll be selling our books and journals as well—and even a top-secret new tote bag.
The fair is free and open to the public. Look for us at booth D04, across the hall from the first floor elevator.
Hope to see you there!
Draw It with Your Eyes Closed at the CAA
Our new book, Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: the Art of the Art Assignment, will debut at this year’s College Art Association Conference in Los Angeles, February 22 – 25.
We’re at Booth #140 in the Book and Trade Fair section, in the Los Angeles Convention Center (here’s a map).
So please stop by, say hello, and pick up your copy of this soon-to-be classic work of art pedagogy. It’s going to be de rigueur for conference-goers, along with your work clothes and job-interview anxiety.
Not in Los Angeles next week? You can pre-order it here.
Paper Monument Gives You Homework
As a preview of our forthcoming book, we will be discussing the art of the art assignment at the Rachel Uffner Gallery in New York tomorrow, Sunday, May 8. Topics will include: what makes a good or bad assignment? What are the best and worst ones you’ve ever heard of? Should art schools be more instructional or less? Audience participation will be strongly encouraged. Special guests will be provided.
After this discussion, you can tell us what you think and we’ll write it down; if you’re in need of direction, we’ll assign you some homework.
Then, stick around for the opening of an excellent show by Paper Monument Issue One contributor Hilary Harnischfeger.
PAPER MONUMENT GIVES YOU HOMEWORK
Sunday, May 8 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Rachel Uffner Gallery
47 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
Presented as part of New York Gallery Week
Los Angeles Launch
Please join us on Saturday, July 24 for a reception to celebrate the new issue at
943 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Music by DJ SFV Acid and Dunes
6 – 8 PM
Hope to see you there!
Issue Three Launch Party
Please join us for readings, drinks, magazines, and good cheer.
Admission is free, so bring all your friends.
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
New York, NY, 10013
Friday, March 19
We Pictured You Reading This
Organized by Paper Monument
Curated by James Bae
March 19 – May 1, 2010
Redux Contemporary Art Center
136 St. Philip Street
Matthew Brannon, Kerstin Brätsch, Munro Galloway, Elin Hansdottir, Hilary Harnischfeger, Dana Hoey, James Howard, David Kearns, Alex Klein, Jessie LeBaron, Dushko Petrovich, Jon Pylypchuk, Lara Schnitger and My Barbarian, Corinna Schnitt, Jessica Slaven, Amanda Trager, Dan Torop, Roger White
Utopia For Sale at Art Berlin Contemporary
Paper Monument is pleased to be participating in UTOPIA FOR SALE, a magazine exhibition featuring the archives of the most engaging publications in the current sphere. This exhibition will be held by abc, art berlin contemporary at Akademie der Künste.
Exhibition Dates: September 23 – 27, 2009
Location: Akademie der Künste Berlin, Hanseantenweg 10
Opening Date: September 22, 2009, 7pm (upon invitation)
international magazine meeting
I Like Your Party
Please join us on Saturday, August 1 for a party to celebrate the release of I like your work: art and etiquette.
108 Starr St (btw Knickerbocker and Wilson)
Brooklyn, NY 11237
9 PM — 1 AM
$10 = a copy of I like your work: art and etiquette + drinks etc.
Current subscription to Paper Monument = free party, free pamphlet.
MILK PLUS (Special Don’t Worry Chemical)
Fold Gallery proudly presents Milk Plus, the first UK-based project curated by Chinese artist Mai-Lin Tan. Featuring Dylan Atkins, Andrew Ekins, Alexander Hoda, James Howard, Zhang Peng, Mai-Lin Tan with catalogue text by Dushko Petrovich and Christopher Hsu.
The Utne Independent Press Awards
Paper Monument has been nominated for an Utne Independent Press Award in the Best New Publication category. Please keep your fingers crossed until May 17, 2009. Thank you, Utne Reader! Thank you Paper Monument readers.
ART MAG NIGHT
Party, Readings, and Performances
Wednesday, April 15, at 7 PM
163 Court Street, Brooklyn