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Should I Go to Grad School?: 41 Answers to An Impossible Question by Jessica Loudis

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620405987
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,291,598
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Academic/Critic Stephen Burt 4

Student Stephen Squibb 14

Journalist Amy O'Leary 18

Mixologist Eben Klemm 26

Poet/Critic David Orr 31

Writer Maggie Nelson 34

Writer Meehan Crist 41

Social Scientist Duncan Watts 44

Editor Elizabeth Schambelan 52

Filmmaker/Writer Astra Taylor 61

Professor/Writer Samuel Zipp 65

Artist Andrea Fraser 71

Artist David Levine 76

Academic Nancy Bauer 80

Writer Ben Nugent 86

Writer Nikil Saval 90

Linguist John Quijada 97

Artist Erik Lindman 102

Professor Peter Coviello 105

Writer Sara Marcus 110

Writer/Linguist Ross Perlin 117

Poet Kenneth Goldsmith 121

Art Historian Alexander Nagel 123

Labor Historian Gabribl Winant 129

Dropout Dale Stephens 136

Writer/Critic Michelle Orange 139

Writer/Scholar Terry Castle 146

Writer Namwali Serpeli 155

Photographer/Journalist Liu Holzer-Glier 166

Writer/Teacher Simon Critchley 169

Writer/Engineer David Auerbach 175

Composer Jake Heggie 180

Writer/Dropout Ron Rosenbaum 187

Writer/Poet Lucy Ives 196

Writer/Curator Nicola Twillby 200

Writer Josh Boldt 204

Artist Amy Sillman 210

Writer Rhonda Lieberman 214

Writer/Editor David Velasco 222

Actor James Franco 229

Writer Sheila Heti 232

Acknowledgments 237

About the Contributors 239

About the Editors 247

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