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A Crapshoot You Can Bet On: The Psychology of Applying to MFA Programs

Benjamin Hedin

If you are applying to MFA programs this fall, what should you believe once e-mails and phone calls informing you of your fate start rolling in? Can the decision be dismissed as having nothing incontroverible to say about your promise as a writer, or is it in fact an accurate assessment of ability? The answer, it turns out, is both.

2014 MFA Index


A roundup of 78 leading full-residency programs, including a comparative look at funding, student-faculty ratio, job placement, and more; plus a roundup of 26 leading low-residency programs.

Apple CEO Testifies, Salinger at Cannes, and More

Evan Smith Rakoff

Apple CEO Tim Cook testified today in front of a Senate committee to answer questions about Apple's use of tax loopholes; audiences at Cannes were given a taste of Shane Salerno's Salinger documentary; Choire Sicha looks as Blake Bailey's new biography, Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson; and other news.