Our failure [to produce new genius writers] is due to not valuing them. We don't value them because we don't value great writing. And we don't value great writing because we don't value intellectualism in any form.The entry before that:
[James] has put his finger on a very serious shortcoming about our culture.
The 'net-addled might not be as intellectually rigorous or as deeply thoughtful as earlier generations. It doesn't matter. If it's a problem, future generations will make those characteristics a priority (again).Not quite a direct contradiction, but close. Maybe the moon changed phases last night.
I can hold mutually incompatible opinions more or less simultaneously. Well, at least that should help me pass a Turing test.