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Disagreement continues to rage about whether Hannah would or wouldn’t have gotten that fantasy job teaching about “the internet” at an upstate university on Girls. Kathryn VanArendonk wrote in New York, “This job is impossible. It’s not just unlikely; it would almost never happen.” Jia Tolentino mentioned it in passing in a longer piece about finally beginning to watch Girls after putting it off for years (possibly solely for the purpose of writing this...
And so here we are at the end of the season. But has an ending ever felt so much like a beginning? (Whoa. Shitty sentences like that will not get me into the Iowa Writers' Workshop. I am no Hannah Horvath.) The questions is a real one though. This season's final episode was so much more about the promise of something new than it was about ending things or achieving closure. The past two seasons...
Chad Harbach's 2010 n+1 essay "MFA vs NYC" posited with its titular binary that there are but two paths to literary success for all the wannabe writers out there. There is the MFA route— "spread across the diffuse network of provincial college towns that spans from Irvine, Calif., to Austin, Tex., to Ann Arbor, Mich., to Tallahassee, Fla."—which starts off with workshops full of aspiring writers run by larger-than-life instructors who have fine-tuned the discussion of craft...

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