Originally Posted by ApK
BTW, I didn't read past the first page of this thread, so forgive me if it's been addressed, but in reading the quotes fromt he NYT article...c'mon...surely he's joking.
That's why my first take was they they were trolling.
But the NYT saw it as a serious-enough topic for discussion they set it up with multiple opinion pieces, "pro-" as well as con.
It might be related to the eternal "high culture" vs genre/entertainment reading debate.