Thursday, October 29, 2009

MFA Degree Vs. Fantasy

Some may argue that's just the same:
an MFA in poetry is a fantasy degree made of legitimizing an art form so that with lots of money and school you are a "Master"- but you can't teach talent. (PS. MFA is a terminal degree, there's no PHD in creative writing)

It's true. But regardless, that isn't my dilemma.
Going to an MFA program is probably the most solid option I've got for a "future".

I'd have to get a pretty substantial scholarship to afford this socially approved institution- the odds of getting into well-funded program are, well... it's more difficult than Harvard Law.

Worst of all,
My super-secret dream goal that's not so secret and maybe not a dream
is to rent a storefront, live in it (*ahem* nap in it), and create a community art space.

Sometimes
when I hear my smart friends talk about genetics and the body
or my business friends talk about their $26 dollar an hour internships
(with free transportation)
And I'm burping in front of a film camera for petty cash
while working on penny-stipends at non-profits

I wonder if maybe I shoulda done something practical with my life.
Do you ever think that way?

8 comments:

Space Station Mir said...

yes. and every time I look at your life, I know that I really don't want to be practical.

fireplug said...

yes. yes i do.

Najva Sol said...

Dear Spacecase (fondly nicknamed)

That's sweet. Especially coming from someone who blogs far more profusely than I.

Fireplug:
It's good to know there's others =)

antwan said...

yo yo nerd,

i wish i could see you around like i used too...it seems like life is taking everyone for a wild ride..which is nice..sometimes..
i hope all is well and all the changes in your life are changes for the better...

i miss ya.

-antwan.

i am the light. said...

also, my blog changed from the .wordpress to www.ithinkyoureswell.com/category/blog

Sab D said...

"practical" = "stable" but does necessarily not = "fun."

Sab D said...

but yes, i think of a more-likely-to-earn-money-this-way type of degree, to get lots and lots of 'fuck you' money and have lots and lots of fun after having not so much fun getting to that position, rather often and might end up doing that if all goes well this Januario.

Cat said...

For both of our sakes, never, never do anything practical.

Let me buy that storefront with you.

I love you.
Cat