Sunday, April 5, 2009

Please allow me to re-introduce myself...

--->Sunday Essay #1: Party Like a Writer! Party Like a Writer?

I've been a lazy son of a bitch.

Since November I've updated my Teaching English in Bundang FAQ and I haven't updated much else. With this blog I've been jogging. In place. And that kills me.

It's been more than five months since oh my God Alex we get it you spent time in Korea you think that makes you Magellan because you ate some fucking kimchi? Get over it. Move on. Live life. Live now.

You can chalk up the inactivity on this thing to unearned self-importance: I like the beginning-and-end conceit of my Korea writings. I find comfort in the finished nature of them: one year, fifty-five travelogues, and done. Over. Box them up and put a bow on them. I can't count how many projects I've started and never completed, germs of ideas that leapt onto the page only to die later from unruly ambition or plain immaturity. In Korea I had a plan and stuck to it: a new essay every week (almost).

What will I write about now? I'm not quite sure, but I do hope you'll check in on Sundays, when I intend to have something new cooked up each week. At times I might write about Korea, but I won't let those stories reek of stale bulgogi. I'm no longer an on-the-ground foreigner, so I won't have the same point of view.

In the fall, I start an MFA program in creative nonfiction. I'm excited, and I'm a little bit scared. I'll be investing two or three years... in ink.





It's time to get warmed up.

--->Sunday Essay #1: Party Like a Writer! Party Like a Writer?


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9 comments:

David Ogles said...

"Fucking kimchi?" My oh my Alex, you spend a few months in America and develop a potty mouth? I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed...

Lookin' forward to the new stuff pal!

Kimberly Swinburne said...

Dave Chappelle, respect!

Also, which M.F.A. program? Did you post this somewhere and I overlooked it . . .

Jes said...

What program are you going to? I'm Hollins bound for an MFA in Poetry. :)

Alex Pollack said...

Hey Jes,

Crazy. I was THIS CLOSE to going to Hollins as well (for Creative Nonfiction). However, the situation at the University of Central Florida looks like it's going to work better for me, so that's where I'm heading! (I got into Hollins off the waiting list, so I think that's one of the reasons my funding was subpar). Hollins is a stellar program - have you talked to Natasha Trethewey? Pretty awesome to follow in her footsteps. Good luck!

ThePloch said...

I'll assume from your previous comment that you got funding at UCF. Bravo! Having to borrow thousands of dollars for a humanities degree is, as the Germans say, "a hard piece of bread."

Acree said...

hey, alex, thanks for the love! those commenters are brutal.

Nelly said...

hahahah to david's comment. i'm excited, the best is yet to come deary!

Jes said...

Agh, so close! Yeah, Natasha wrote me rec letters and nonsuch. Her dad is a sweetheart, I'm excited to work with him. Good luck at UCF! It'll be warmer down there at least! (And yes, the funding situation at Hollins sucks. I was lucky enough to get a full tuition waiver and a full stipend, but they don't offer that to many people)

tanya.debuff said...

Congratulations, Alex! I'll be living vicariously through you and your blog while I get ready to reapply! :)

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