—the one that discusses how his former creative writing instructor requested to have his own name removed from Jeff’s biographical page.
I’d read Dr. Helen Smith’s summary, but it was more wrenching to read about the whole incident from Jeff’s point of view. And, no: the request was not made as “hey, would you do me a personal favor, since I have a book coming out right now and I’m concerned about Google searches at the moment.” It was phrased more along the lines of “the material you are publishing is bad, and I’m entitled to sever anything that even looks like a tie between us.”
The big discussion in the comments section has to do with whether the professor, Brian Kiteley, was acting “on his own,” or whether he was getting flack from others in his academic and creative circles. And, of course, whether this indicates a likelihood that Kiteley won’t be admitting people into the writing program at DU who appear to harbor positive feelings about free markets. Or whether perhaps he’s been excluding such outcasts for years.
One would think that fiction-writing is an arena wherein we need as many points of view as possible. Sort of: we need, apparently, as many as possible of “the right ones.”
No wonder most of the folks I know who engage in creative writing and have wisps of “conservative” thinking in their intellectual makeup keep those tendancies well hidden from view. With one exception. Two, maybe.
So I suppose we now need parallel creative writing programs in addition to the parallel film industry we’re constructing. And parallel institutions of higher learning, perhaps. None of which would be necessary if the other side weren’t so freakin’ childish.
All of which makes me angry, and it’s a good anger. It might even pry some of my stories out of this hard drive and get them sent out to the people who need to see them.