In this episode, I talk to long-time friend Andrea Donderi, a recent graduate of The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
We discuss: the IU support center; the early web; knowledge bases and creating content; Jorn Barger and the invention of the blog; Gopher versus the WWW; the ChiNet BBS and other internet BBSes; social networks before social networks; hoarding old email; identifying as a writer; learning how to capture life as a writer; the Stanford Stegner Fellowship program; the Warren Wilson MFA program; how a low-residency program works; Victor LaValle and David Shields as teachers; the one fellow graduate student/actor who has been in everybody’s MFA program and shall not be named; Zeroville by Steve Erickson; the inevitable UFO discussion; the government keeping secrets in the desert versus the internet; Don Donderi; and is an MFA worth it?
Links from this episode:
– Andrea’s blog: http://loosestrife.dreamwidth.org
– Jon Konrath: http://www.rumored.com
– The Warren Wilson MFA program: http://www.wwcmfa.org
– Don Donderi’s site: http://www.ufoets.com
– Zeroville by Steve Erickson: http://amzn.to/2eEMTFW
– The UFO documentary I couldn’t remember was Mirage Men: http://www.miragemen.com