…just for the record I don’t believe I’ve ever called a critic “nasty”. It’s such a fairy word, for one thing.
Also , for the record, you say I “keep avoiding the big issues” like “lack of civilizational confidence”. Gee, I wonder where you got that phrase from? Why, a Google search of “lack of civilizational confidence” brings up me in the very first headline. (…)
I seem to be singlehandedly responsible for 30 per cent of all literary deployments of the very expression you say I “keep avoiding”.