“In matters like writing[…], a man does what he has to do—if he has to write, why then, he writes”

Rebecca Davis O’Brien unearths a letter in which Malcolm Cowley tackles the timeless question, “Should I get an MFA?” Just as poignant as Cowley’s letter is novelist Helen DeWitt’s pointed dismissal of Cowley’s advice in the comments section.

is an intern for The Millions. He is currently studying English and Russian at Columbia University.

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