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Anxious gatekeeping

Analogous to nervous cluelessness is something we might call “anxious gatekeeping.”   This is desire to police the borders of poetry, or of...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Career Narrative

I am applying for a Guggenheim. The first thing they ask for is a summary of my career. These are always fun and challenging. The challenge is to promote oneself but without seeming arrogant. The fun part is that it provides an opportunity to look at oneself and figure out what the narrative of one's career actually amounts to. It's an intellectual autobiography, not just a list of accomplishments.

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