I hope you don’t take my response in any way as an attempt to disparage you or your viewpoints, because that is not my intention. I welcome all intelligent discourse about my work, such as yours. I still maintain that the theme of the piece is solid, in my opinion. But unfortunately, theme is coincidentally the hardest thing to grasp about a written work.
Such an interesting read. Not just here in the comments section but in the well-presented argument of the original essay.
Your last line here reminds me of an article I read about the late film director Mike Nichols. Long after "The Graduate" had been completed and received considerable notoriety, Nichols turned to collaborator Buck Henry and said, "What do you suppose the theme of that movie was anyway?"
Well played, AG.