"Of course it’s a contrivance to go back to any beginning and talk about what you thought then, how you felt, why you did as you did. Even what you did. Memory’s distorting jack-hammer makes remembrance, if not a false claim, at least somewhat a pretense. What can I say that’s undeniably true about that two-year period when I went to Columbia for my MFA in creative writing? more
"When I was in my mid-twenties, I suffered the delusion that I might be able to do nothing more with my life than write books, and the School of the Arts Writing Program was a willing enabler in perpetuating this delusion. I have to say that I am very grateful."
Five Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program faculty and alumni were chosen as The New Yorker magazine's '20 Under 40' fiction writers worth watching, representing one-quarter of the list.
Work by eight of the selected twenty writers will appear in the double fiction issue of the magazine that arrives on newsstands June 7. Work by the remaining twelve writers will be published in the magazine throughout the summer.
The New Yorker last published such a list in 1999.
Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program Professor and award-winning biographer Michael Scammell will host a conversation at Columbia University Cafe Arts on Monday, December 6, from 6-7 pm. He will discuss Arthur Koestler's Darkness at Noon and its relevance today. The event takes place at PicNic Cafe, 2665 Broadway, and entry is $10 (cash only, includes one drink). more
Columbia University School of the Arts Writing Program Professor Sam Lipsyte’s third book “The Ask” was published in March 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
The book received tremendous praise from critics, including raves in The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Vanity Fair and TIME, among dozens of others. more