I thought the one thing that was most ironic about Maher’s argument was how childish he sounded — at least to me. I feel like the notion of comic book fans can only read comic books and not literature of the likes of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin seemed immature.
This is a brilliant point that didn’t cross my mind, but it should have. You’re absolutely right. Maher did seem to imply that if you’re an adult who enjoys comics, you sort of disqualify yourself as a legitimate connoisseur of classic literature (or, as he might put it, “adult books”). And that’s not the kind of narrow-minded thinking you’d expect from someone who portends to be a more mature and enlightened man than the people he’s criticizing.
Either way, thanks for writing. Best of luck to you!
And thank you for taking the read and comment on my work! I really appreciate it!