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.
DFW is one of the few writers who writes anything that fundamentally interests me, ie, what is it like to be male in the current world. He obviously isn’t a Hemingway, he is knowing and insightful and relevant.
That BI #31 piece is creepiness and manipulation revealed on a page in a way no one else has managed. He does not endorse the behaviour, he is holding up a mirror to show it to the world.
I’m still mulling it all over.
A thoughtful piece.