The question is finally answered...in case you were wondering.
Universities Gain Power in a Literary World
Jess raised the original article in her earlier post. Harbach's article looks at the NYC writing world vs academia and the prolific rise of MFA programs. In Sunday's NPR interview, Harbach contends that the MFA will eventually win out because it is "probably the more durable model."
I'm curious what everyone thinks about Harbach's point that academia focuses on the short story? My two cents: "Academia" doesn't prevent anyone from writing a novel if they choose. I think a lot of writers (including myself) set out to write the Great American Novel without having the preciseness of prose that a short story requires. Is a short story focus a short sighted approach to teaching creative writing?