Callunav's post is devestating. That was an excellent professor.
And while Ellison's fiction has absolutely nothing to do with this, what has he written recently that was affecting? What fiction has he written recently at all? I'd argue that the last even halfway decent thing he put out was Mefisto in Onyx, and that wasn't half as interesting as Jefty is Five, which itself wasn't as interesting as a lot of the sixties stories. Ellison is a fine example of a writer who should have gracefully shuffled off the stage a _long_ time ago. In this case, before I was even born.
But again, none of that has _anything_ to do with this situation except as a datapoint noting that "grace" seems to be something the man is incapable of.