I do admire the gallantry with which Alexis defends the literary reputation of Leah McLaren, who was viciously insulted by Bigge. But it should be said that McLaren and Bigge are both creatures of the world of confessional journalism and media hype. They hardly belong in a literary discussion at all.
I should point out that I haven't written anything that could be described as confessional journalism for at least four years, possibly longer. Instead, I've spent the past few years writing think pieces for the Sunday Star's Ideas and Insight section.
Or, to put it another way: I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.