Those Who Can Write Will Teach

Chad Harbach rants against the rise of MFAs:

It was announced recently that Zadie Smithone of the few writers equipped by fame to do otherwisehas accepted a tenured position at NYU, presumably for the health insurance; perhaps this marks the beginning of the end, a sign that in the future there will be no NYC writers at all, just a handful of writers accomplished enough to teach in NYC. New York will have becomeas it has long been becominga place where some writers go for a wanderjahr or two between the completion of their MFAs and the commencement of their teaching careers.