After a decade, I’m finally done.

If I’m being honest, I’m still exhausted this week. As a nation we’re still not our of the authoritarian weeds, and here on the home-front I am desperately trying to finish a master’s program which has already been extended six months by my university’s unspeakably incompetent response to the pandemic. I’m also working just shy of full time in an industry with some of the highest likelihood of COVID transmission. Every day is a waking nightmare filled with the strange comfort of knowing I’m not alone.

I had planned to reflect on my graduate school experience — which comes to an end this month — in tonight’s newsletter, but as I try to write something meaningful about it I find myself feeling numb. Maybe it’s the sleep deprivation, maybe it’s existential dread, or maybe there isn’t anything to say at this point. If you know, you know. If you don’t, there’s no way I can fully communicate what this moment is like.

This week we’re talking to another friend and MFA comrade of mine, Megan Moriarty, about the grad school experience from the other side. It’s a great conversation; Meg is a genuine, smart, and hilarious person who approaches art in ways that I do not always fully comprehend, and our conversation is a remarkably honest one.

I started this podcast with the purpose of revealing how artists actually talk to each other, free of the academic jargon and performance that’s expected of us in so many other places. I believe that this conversation achieves that goal. I hope you find it enlightening.

Thanks for listening,
Mason Hershenow


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