The comments of Poultry aimed at authors he has not bothered to read are typical of an out of touch elitist clique. A typical complaint is that people stop reading after school is finnished. This is because our educational system run by hardened left idiots like Bill Ayers place zero emphasis on making reading fun.
There is an elitist arrogance that says reading must be drab and provoke idiotic discussions. For
example a commonly assigned book is Upton Sinclare's the Jungle. I read this while working in a brutal sweatshop shortly before I became an Officer. It was my way of protesting the working conditions. I was not at that employer very long and told them to keep their check rather than cross a picket line. It was a moment in time where even though I did not have another job lined up, the principle of safe working conditions was more important than a check.
Of course people like the Duck have a bias towards mediocre hacks like the author of the Jungle as it is written by a fellow commie. The book while important in a historical sense is not one that
would inspire people to read for the love of reading like Roberts, Michner or Wouk. Maybe, the day has come where educators need to consider installing a love of reading first.
Of course far left commie types would have fewer chances to abuse and indoctrinate their students, so placing enjoyment first will not happen. Actually, I would like to see historical fiction
books accompanied by notes of historians. The version of The Jungle I acquired had notes from a professor before and after. I am thinking of how much more enjoyable reading Last of the Mohicans would be in a similar format that likely exists.