The “Critic at Large” piece — i.e. supersized review — of the latest New Yorker centers on university creative writing programs. Given the subject and the publication, one might expect that “Show or Tell: Should Creative Writing Be Taught” by Louis Menand  to be negative or just take the obvious pokes. But this is Menand and after the wicked intro the article turns out to be even-handed — at least to this non-MFA writer.

Second,  consider the author. Louis Menand is top-notch. He and Thomas Mallon are my favorite New Yorker essayists, and I’ll read anything either writes. They’re both thorough and thoughtful, with writing that’s not only graceful but almost never dull.

I suggest this article given the community’s interest in UA’s Programs in Creative Writing and Translation.