Arthur Byrne is a writer who had written a very successful novel, then nothing. Living, perhaps, off of that brief notoriety he achieved tenure as a literature professor at a small college. As you might gather by the title, Underwood, Scotch, and Wry, Arthur Byrne lives in the past, loves distilled liquids (and his teaching assistants) too much, and puts in way less effort than is necessary to even be considered below average as a teacher. When he is assigned to teach a course in Social Media the end of his career seems nigh.
“Don’t get all worked up, Arthur, It’s a new course, cutting-edge really, which was added to the catalog last spring for this fall semester. SMS stands for Social Media Sciences.’ ‘What in God’s name is the science of social media and why would you think I could possibly teach this course?’ ‘You are a writer, and content is king so I’m told. All 104 slots filled up on the first day of registration…Gladys has a syllabus for you. You’ll cover Facebook, Twitter, that sort of thing, but the main focus will be blogging…Arthur was stunned and didn’t hear anything after the word ‘blogging.’ He did not personally own a computer and barely tolerated the one that sat in the corner of his office.”
So is this a book about a curmudgeon who goes down with a fight or one who does not go down at all. You’ll have to read the story to find out. I would describe this as a rather light and humorous novel and well worth reading.