Dec 28, 2008, 8:57 PM
Post #215 of 353
"What the h--- I was talking about Brown:" a reply to an e-mail I received.
Re: [germericanqt] Deadline
"Z.B.:" It is not a snob thing. Anyone on this board, regardless the need for grants & aid, is an 'Ester Jack' (Thomas Wolfe, "You Can't Go Home Again,") seeing the 10,000 before you, ignoring the 100,000 behind you if you don't realize you were given as much more as the old money people than at least 60-75% of the people in this country, and just as unthinking (assumed airs) about it. Do you really think you could be where you are looking into the MFA process if you'd graduated from an inner city public school? I was not putting anyone down, sorry if you took my notes about Brown that way. Almost all of us are WASP or WASC, and it shows.
There is a great creative advantage to going to an "old" school where there is a modicum of acceptance just because you got in, although it may seem like you're not accepted at all. The University of Iowa may be #1 yet they still have that extreme air of competition in all their schools, it's just part of the UIa atmosphere. The way education and schools are now creates a form of historicity in writing about historical times and education. To answer one of your comments in the archaic: we must comport ourselves with decorum. The "royal we" is a convention of speech, not a snobism. For Brown, you need to know the social difference between a polite come-uppance and a put down.
Please re-read my notes about Brown: I truly wanted to go to Brown, their dead-line was too early for me and realistically, I can't afford it even if I was full funded there, there are many other things to consider.
Now, regardless any answers or e-mails, I only have time for the threads of the places I did apply. "Shuckers."