Aug 29, 2008, 2:20 PM
Re: [umass76] Choosing an MFA Program (2009)
As to Columbia, I don't mean their grads don't publish--I mean I don't read about what they publish on the New York Times notable books list. And there's a difference.
Wow, Seth, I'm really flummoxed by why you'd say this. Maybe you have really different reading taste than a lot of people here? But in purely factual terms, as Charles mentioned, every New York Times notable list of the last several years has been heavily laden with Columbia alumni, like it or no.
In less factual terms, I would argue that the books coming out of Columbia recently are getting heavy attention for unusually good reasons -- because they are taking literature, inch by inch, in new directions.
And then also, speaking to the more cynical side of the business, the Columbia kids seem to be grabbing up the coveted spots as most hyped debuts of every season. (Sadly, there only seem to be a couple debut novels per year that lap up the media praise and attention). So I have no idea why you'd suggest the Columbians are somehow less successful. On the contrary, I'd put them ahead of all schools' alumni but Iowa's.
Maybe that's the next branch of your rankings project! -- which schools are turning out the most successful alumni, as measured by indices like NYT notable, etc. I think a lot of people would be really interested.
(This post was edited by aiyamei on Aug 29, 2008, 2:23 PM)