El Senor called me up today while I was with Jyg. I talked to him for a bit, but he wanted to ask me if I heard about John Updike. When I replied yes, he laughed. I didn’t understand what was so funny about the writer’s passing. I suppose he didn’t like him or there must’ve been something else that was tickling him. I pressed. “Well,” he said, “Dr. Williamson…” I already knew this was gold.
Dr. Eric Miles Williamson is possibly one of the best writers at Panam at the present moment. I’ve never taken a class with him, but I’ve known people who have. Their opinions of him range from completely negative to completely negative with a positive aspect. Let me explain the latter. In college, you grow accustom to two types of professors, am I right? You have the means ones who push all this work on you, make it impossible to pass the class, [insert your generic negative stereotype here], and then you have the easy ones who, no matter how much you mess you, you can still expect at least a B. However, the great professors are both. The way Dr. Williamson comes off those that I know who’ve taken him, is that he’s a touch professor, but he cares. Life isn’t easy and Williamson isn’t either – or so I’ve been told (notice how I stress this because I know somewhere out there, there’s some punk looking up this man’s name to find something that will say “He’s evil, rotten, mean. Made me want to cry all semester long,” and he’ll find this blog and say “Aha! I’m not taking him,” but by all means, one should take professors like him: it’s for your own good). He’s going to give you a challenge.
I also happened to read his novel Two-Up, which I reviewed (sorta, but not really) on Good Reads. It’s a great book, but I won’t get into that because, as you have noticed, I’ve completely went off the track with my original topic.
Anyway. I was talking to El when he told me about the John Updike incident. “Well, Dr. Williamson wrote a review about John Updike. He said how he hoped Updike would die already – this was a few weeks before it happened – and go to heaven (I think he said heaven, but could’ve meant hell) and when he got there the only books he would have to read would be the ones he wrote so that he could die of boredom.” Harsh, but funny.
I miss school.