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Bookmark This: Steve Almond on The Problem of Entitlement

 

Author Steve Almond's recent essay for Poets & Writers, "The Problem of Entitlement: A Question of Respect," tackles a common problem with MFA students and young writers in general. He writes that students are unable to study literature purely for craft without the belief that each piece is meant to entertain them as customers. 
 
"Entitlement operates at a more basic and often unconscious level. It’s a kind of defensive snobbery, a delusion that the world and its constituent parts—whether a product or a piece of art or a loved one—exist to please you."