The identification of certain writers with university creative-writing programs is, therefore, a postwar phenomenon. The list is long: John Hawkes (Brown), Guy Davenport (Kentucky), Robert Coover (Brown), Reynolds Price (Duke), Wallace Stegner (Stanford), Leslie Epstein (Boston University), Donald Barthelme (Houston), Tobias Wolff (Syracuse), E. L. Doctorow (New York University), William Kennedy (SUNY Albany), Robert Olen Butler (Florida State University). And many writers who are not normally imagined in an academic setting have circulated through the creative-writing system. Philip Roth has taught at several universities, including Iowa and Princeton. Kurt Vonnegut and Nelson Algren both taught at Iowa. (Algren claimed to find writing programs worthless. He later complained, in a piece called “At Play in the Fields of Hackademe,” that “what it lacks in creativity, the Iowa Creative Workshop makes up in quietivity.” He is reported to have lost a lot of money playing poker while he was in Iowa City.)
And it is remarkable how many fiction writers have come through university writing programs since the war—not just individual writers but entire cohorts. When Vonnegut was at Iowa, he taught a class that included John Casey, Gail Godwin, Andre Dubus, and John Irving. Ken Kesey, Robert Stone, Wendell Berry, Larry McMurtry, Ernest Gaines (“The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman”), and Tillie Olsen were all in a creative-writing workshop at Stanford at the same time. Michael Chabon, Alice Sebold, and Richard Ford (a student of Doctorow, before Doctorow went to N.Y.U.) are products of the program at the University of California at Irvine. Susan Minot, Rick Moody, Tama Janowitz, and Mona Simpson all went to Columbia.
Rather ingeniously, McGurl reads the work of Carver’s exact contemporary Joyce Carol Oates as an expression of the same class-based self-consciousness. (He notes that Carver once called Oates the most important writer of his generation.) Oates is a prolific practitioner of what McGurl calls “maximalist” fiction: it has been said that, at one point in her career, she wrote forty pages of fiction every day, or about a quarter of what would constitute an entire book for Carver. But McGurl thinks that maximalism, too, is “a way of shielding oneself with words.” The two styles are methods of self-protection and, at the same time, forms of self-assertion: the minimalist writer puts his craft on display, the maximalist his facility.
Also notice that the author uses simple language. Many students think that big words make good essays, but powerful ideas are often best expressed in simple and elegant prose.
By then, Polk had received word of the Thornton affair and added this to the rejection of Slidell as the . A message to on , , stated that Mexico had "invaded our territory and shed American blood upon the American soil". A joint session of Congress overwhelmingly approved the declaration of war. Democrats overwhelmingly supported the war. 67 Whigs voted against it on a key amendment, but on the final passage only 14 Whigs voted no, including Representative . The United States declared war on Mexico on , , and Mexico declared war on (sometimes the manifest from President on is taken as the declaration of war, but only the congress had that faculty).
The young mechanic is closest to me, he knows me well,
The woodman that takes his axe and jug with him shall take me with
him all day,
The farm-boy ploughing in the field feels good at the sound of my voice,
In vessels that sail my words sail, I go with fishermen and seamen
and love them.
I do not despise you priests, all time, the world over,
My faith is the greatest of faiths and the least of faiths,
Enclosing worship ancient and modern and all between ancient and modern,
Believing I shall come again upon the earth after five thousand years,
Waiting responses from oracles, honoring the gods, saluting the sun,
Making a fetich of the first rock or stump, powowing with sticks in
the circle of obis,
Helping the llama or brahmin as he trims the lamps of the idols,
Dancing yet through the streets in a phallic procession, rapt and
austere in the woods a gymnosophist,
Drinking mead from the skull-cap, to Shastas and Vedas admirant,
minding the Koran,
Walking the teokallis, spotted with gore from the stone and knife,
beating the serpent-skin drum,
Accepting the Gospels, accepting him that was crucified, knowing
assuredly that he is divine,
To the mass kneeling or the puritan's prayer rising, or sitting
patiently in a pew,
Ranting and frothing in my insane crisis, or waiting dead-like till
my spirit arouses me,
Looking forth on pavement and land, or outside of pavement and land,
Belonging to the winders of the circuit of circuits.
The little plentiful manikins skipping around in collars and tail'd coats
I am aware who they are, (they are positively not worms or fleas,)
I acknowledge the duplicates of myself, the weakest and shallowest
is deathless with me,
What I do and say the same waits for them,
Every thought that flounders in me the same flounders in them.
What’s The Matter With College the answer is society or individuals who have conformed to a world that is destined to change. Perception of what a degree or college should be has also changed. As we grow smarter in intellect let us not forget about those who are less fortunate and who are unable to pursue the dream that we hold so dear to us. WAKE UP and realize that college is a gift that should be given to all individuals but we must first change our perception and stop justifying a system that segregates against the less fortunate and the financially indigent. How can college be the birth place of great minds who fail to tap into a society that is clearly dying from social injustice and corruption? Instead of conforming to comfort-ability college grads should be looking for ways to bring about overall change in an ever changing world. We should be utilizing our gifts not to benefit ourselves but to benefit others. Only in serving others can one be truly seen as a great thinker or intellect.
In today’s society college is looked upon as a means to justify an end. Most people see college as a gateway or entry point to a better future. College equates more money for graduates and higher paying jobs or does it? Some specific fields do require background knowledge to be successful but one could argue that all jobs could be learned with hands on experience. Is college merely a bargaining tool, a way to segregate and discriminate against individuals who probably are the minority and may or may not have been given the opportunity to grow and learn their basic fundamentals? Life in itself could truly be seen as a rat race in which the master or the talented tenth dictates how far the rat progresses though out the maze. You would be shocked to find out that a majority of college students say that what they have learned in school has little to no similarity to what he/she is doing on the job. A lot of college students even say that their job provided in depth training which is the only reason why they are able to carry out their daily task. College can be seen as merely a test to prove that a individual is worthy or capable of learning and if this idea is true are we not slaves to a world that truly is close-minded and shallow unable to see the benefits of hands on experience or apprenticeship. Does the idea of apprenticeship even exist in today’s society? Individuals are no longer following their dreams but following a tradition which may need to change. Upon completion of college most graduates are transitioning into a real world scenario in which the market place is very competitive. More and more individuals are seeking higher education but at what cost. The majority of college grads are overwhelmed with debt. To think that the brightest minds that exist today may or may not be the brightest minds should be shocking to all who read this and are able to understand it in its entirety. Money dictates and rules, even over common sense but the irony is that education or learning should be free to all individuals willing to seek it without frustrations and monetary stress. Our society or government doesn’t care about this freedom because they profit from the federal loans in which they offer to students who are unable to pay the cost in hopes of a better future. To think that college grads are deemed at being smarter and well-rounded but how smart are we really if you think about it? We, are to, like rats because we continue to play an economic game with our lives and the lives of our children unable to see the potential in those who have been overlooked or ignored due to lack of funding or life’s everyday trials and tribulations. I guess the biggest disappointment is knowing that one of those bright minds could have been the scientist to figure out the cure for aids or other deadly diseases or might have been the person to create or develop a much needed invention to bring about change. College grads are bringing about little change if any because over the years we have a seen a decline in social awareness and change amongst young people. We fear change and love conformity. Our overall arrogance may bring about our demise.
To think that MTV or society could pose a question that has such a broad answer. What’s The Matter With College? It all just depends on who you ask and his/her upbringing. One must also keep in mind that college in itself is not a liberty freely given to everyone in society as a whole. Instead of asking What’s The Matter With College, we should be asking what’s the matter with society? A society that’s so caught up in itself that it fails to see the bigger picture, not to stray away from the original question but to shed light on the bigger problem. College or universities were institutions designed to nurture creative thought and thinking to insure success in an ever changing world. To give birth to the brightest minds, intellects, and entrepreneurs. What purpose does college truly serve today, how are college grads bringing about overall change, what drives a individual to pursue a degree and how is his/her degree utilized to bring about change. Only when an individual answers these questions will he/she be able to answer WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH COLLEGE?