Okay, I know it’s wrong to respond to clickbait, but—the thing that pisses me off about this is that it’s somehow a humblebrag to say you were inspired by a great book of literature. Because we know that the only reason someone would bother finishing a book like Infinite Jest, much less try to share the excitement of reading it with others, is out of a stuffy desire to impress someone else with your intellectual might.
It never seems to cross Alexis Kleinman’s mind that people read great literature because . . . to them that’s more fun than reading Harry Potter. That there can be motives other than bludgeoning your friends with your own awesomeness. I don’t really know if this person actually thinks this way, but if so . . . scary.