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If ever there was a solid argument for why writers need to continue on with their craft, even in the face of a general disavowal of its importance, this is it While it claims to be a why to write book there is plenty of how in here as well The concepts presented about writing and living a creative life are not easy, and I have to admit that I did not grasp everything in this book on the first read through I hope to have time forreads in the future But the depth of this book is what made me give it 5 stars There is stuff to mull over in here that could occupy you for decades I have not yet read a book about writing that I found as brutally honest as this one This is not happy, life is great book about how to write pretty stories or poems for Readers Digest This is a book about the hard things in life, perhaps the hardest things in life, and why grief and suffering need to be at the core of our writing practise I did not come out of this book feeling warm, fuzzy, and encouraged Instead I emerged feeling slightly terrified, stunned, but perhaps empowered to revisit writing in aserious way If you are a writer, if you want to be a writer, if you think you're a writer, read this book. MFA in a Box is the best book on writing I've read since Stephen King's On Writing It should be on every writer's bookshelf. If Adam West was an MFA professorDidn't connect to the long rambling stories laid out in each chapter, but the lists of rules at the end were not bad.Also, apparently does not supplant an MFA.Huh. This is pretty much what I'd expect an MFA to be: a bloviating gassbag of a baby boomer, still fighting against The War and ranting about how evil Robert McNamara is and whatnot, rambling at length about the emptiness of modern society because it isolates us from suffering and how it's the job of a writer to take all those readers down into Hades to face their misery He conveys this with winding anecdotes that are his life's reminisces: some are selfeffacing and mildly humorous; but none are without Deep Meaning(TM) He also makes some points by lapsing into Literature Professor mode, providing critique of a few classics (The Book of Job, The Epic of Gilgamesh), spicedup with cool references to Terminator 2 (just to show he's withit, man) Inbetween we occasionally stumble on some interesting ideas that an aspiring writer such as myself can add to the collection of aphorisms that may or may not make for useful advice someday (at least if you're a white middleclass American male; like all good ivory tower inhabitants, he does his best to imagine what it must be to not be one, and still be a writer) To complete the experience for us, he even dons what appears to be a genuine tweed jacket on the back cover's photograph.At least I only paid $16.95 and spent a few hours on it, unlike the poor hapless hopefuls that actually go through this for a few years to get that MFA. This book really surprised me Not really anything to do with an MFA at all, it is a perpetually strange little book, part memoir, part philosophical inquiry, part writing advice Its subtitle a why to write book is pretty apt, as it explores the philosophical reasons for writing at all, for writing and thinking and engaging with the worlddeeply, drawing freely on the author's life and thoughts This is seriously one of the best books on writing I've ever read, but don't expect career advice, advice on forming plot or character or writing beautiful sentences The book goes much deeper, and challenges the reader to go deeper before picking up a pen at all. John Rember is unafraid to stare down life's big questions, but does so always with a twinkle in the eye Like the fool in King Lear's court, he will rap you on the noggin with a truth so sweet it hurts If you don't close his book somehow transformed, you may well be untransformable.Rember's why to write book is a memoir of the creative heart and mind in conflict with itself, which is to say a universal struggle that any artist will recognize More than this, he emerges triumphant over big issuesfamily, violence, bearing witness, estrangement, grief Gilgamesh, Hansel and Gretel, Greek mythology and Paris Hilton all figure in to his survey of literature and culture, teaching through the ageold workshop mantra of showing, rather than telling us, what good, deep writing is all about.John demonstrates time and again what it means to write as a fully engaged human being, teaching along the way that deep writing is deep living, and profound fun Read Frankly, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book This is likely because the author spent most of his time writing well crafted little memoir pieces that imaginatively supported the obligatory rules for writing lists in each chapter Whatever with rules for writing (as Rember himself surely would say); the point is Rember's prose Much enjoyed. Here is my review, on my blog, Walking on the Highway: {READ EBOOK} Ã MFA in a Box ⚽ By exploring the relationship between the writer and love, grief, place, family, race and violence, John Rember helps you see how to go deep in your writing He also tells you what you'll find there and how to get back Along the way, you'll learn how to see the world as a writer sees it“A big part of writing involves grappling with the terrors and discouragements that come when you have writing skills but can’t project yourself or your work into the future,” says Rember “My hope is that MFA in a Box will help writers balance the despair of writing with the joy of writing It’s a book designed to help you to find the courage to put truth into words and to understand that writing is a lifeanddeath endeavor — but that nothing about a lifeanddeath endeavor keeps it from being laughoutloud funny”REVIEWSCOMMENTSThe essential truths about excellent writing are brought under consideration partly through the use of familiar fables and fairy tales Another part is illustrated by the author’s own life experiences Rember cleverly makes the reader dig into her own unconscious wisdom to recognize the true jewel at the center of a story This book is not filled with rules and dogma to guide the writing process Instead, an understanding of our relationship to our place on earth, acknowledging that our civilization is built on violence, and 'how the big moments in life require a witness,' impel us to infuse our stories with truth — The Judges of the Hoffer Awards MFA in a Box was named to the Hoffer Award Grand Prize Short List in May “What makes [this book] different than the many, many books about writing on the market today is the way Rember engages his readers in some of the issues every writer faces — writing about place, about family, about grief — not as problems to be overcome but as issues to be understood” — Jeff Baker, Book Editor, The Portland Oregonian “Witty, audacious, and wise, John Rember’s MFA in a Box is a unique and valuable book that addresses the subject—and the life experience—of Creative Writing from both a practical perspective and in a manner so highly personable you’ll read it like a memoir—and want to meet the author Rember has the storyteller’s magic You’ll be enthralled And walk away a astute and vibrant writer” — Robin Metz, author of Unbidden Angel, winner of the Rainer Maria Rilke International Poetry Award, and Director of the Program in Creative Writing at Knox College“I started reading the book on the plane to a convention Every chapter is an essay, one of those rich interconnected thoughtweavings that we got to listen to as Pacific [University] students, with the addition of a top ten list at the end of each — valuable for focus and review, but also often funny I found, reading on the plane, that when I was done with the first essay, I didn’t want to read the second I wanted to write So I dug out my carryon and switched activities On the plane ride home? Same thing One essay, and then writing Obviously, this is a rare writing book I have read quite a few, and I don’t remember any of them making me want to write that moment like this does The cover says it’s ‘a Why to Write Book,’ and the evidence says it’s convincing” — Author Felicity Shoulders “If you are ready to plunge into the depths of your writer’s soul and uncover the secrets that you might be holding back, then MFA in a Box could change the whole way you think about the process of writing” — Sharon Harrigan, Author, Poet, Journalist, Walking on the Highway, Dec “John Rember’s MFA in a Box is the best book on writing I’ve read since Stephen King’s On Writing It should be on every writer’s bookshelf” — Randy Richardson, author of Lost in the Ivy, President of the Chicago Writers Association“MFA in a Box by John Rember is possibly the best book I’ve read about writing and living the creative life in general, and I have a personal library full of such books I wish I had read thisyears ago while I was at [college] hoping to be a writer some day” — Gretchen Little, ”A Book Review and More,” Squidoo, October“There is such a wealth of life in each essay…deep, authentic stuff about relationships, politics, religion, mythology, and everything is discussed with such perfect humor I love the Rules for Writers at the end of the chapters…great stuff…really useful as well as entertaining This book should be mandatory for any writing course, undergrad or graduate This is so much than a craft book…this is an inspiration It makes me want to write, helps me find the courage to do so, and allows me see the purpose in the hard work of it” — Author Rebecca Elgin Yes, think I do not usually read to make me think but this one encourage some study Which is good for us Gave me many books to look into for future reading.