I guess I am saying Coyle read the book through the veil of, and attitude that, DFW is “self-indulgent”, that she is “preemptively uninterested in your opinion”, and she’d “hate his writing” before she read any, and that she stopped reading Lobster of her own free will after the first story. And fundamentally there’s some sort of clear equivalence…
Thanks for writing this.
I read Deirdre Coyle’s review of a book she didn’t read and it disturbed me too. In the way that I would be disturbed by someone criticising Radiohead for being just another corporatist band, or that global warming was just another hoax aimed at selling more coal.
Introversion/extroversion is often presented as a binary dichotomy.
Maybe by those who see the world in black/white.
Those who can discern any grey see these behavioural tendencies as a preference. As in, I prefer to catch a ball with my left hand, but can catch one with my right, if required.