This is a great piece. It feels at times like Chad Harbach is wedging a very erudite and opinionated article into an artificial constraint (MFA vs. NYC). The essay would have been more effective, I think, as unapologetically itself: A polemic, an analysis, a smart take on our fiction writing world.
Of course I also felt like: Well, some of these things apply to me, some of them don’t. But — definitely worth the read, and worth spending some time with these ideas.