Aug 22, 2008, 12:41 AM
Post #55 of 60
In response to your question about Massachusetts: western Massachusetts is gorgeous, New England is anything but all suburbs, and Amherst is a fantastic town in which to be a writer--it's both pretty and progressive. UMass is also one of the top three creative writing programs in the United States, and (therefore) possibly in the world. There is absolutely zero connection between Zash's personal life decisions/attitudes and any deficit, of any kind, of the CW program at UMass.
A program which, last I checked, hadn't even come into session yet at the time of Zash's decision.
I'm sorry Zash is upset, honestly I am. That said, his views on New England after a couple of weeks don't really compare to--hold a candle to--the fact that I spent 30 years living in New England (Massachusetts and New Hampshire), and have spent many happy days in Amherst, as my oldest sister went to college there. The only thing Zash has right is that the campus proper is not particularly attractive (at UMass; the Amherst College campus, just a mile or so away, is stunning, and a classic example of how New England has more top-notch colleges and universities per capita/per square mile than any American region).
I wish Zash best of luck, certainly in his life, his writing, and in all his other endeavors, as well as in finding a single region in the United States more spectacularly beautiful than New England, in fall or any other season.
(This post was edited by umass76 on Aug 22, 2008, 12:45 AM)