My kind of class

by Jess

Continuing the tired old conversation of should creative writing be taught? (yes) and can you teach craft? (I say unequivocally yes; Menand disagrees), Louis Menand unpacks a lovely array of quotes and stories about some of our beloved American writers.  This one’s my favorite:

“Donald Barthelme, at Houston, assigned students to buy a bottle of wine and stay up all night drinking it while producing an imitation of John Ashbery’s ‘Three Poems.'”