She’s [p]art of this generation that is proud of its shallowness. The sincere performance is everything. Sincere and empty, totally empty. … The sincerity that is worse than falseness, and the innocence that is worse than corruption. And … [t]his wonderful language they all have–that they appear to believe–about their ‘lack of self-worth,’ all the while what they actually believe is that they’re entitled to everything. Their shamelessness they call lovingness, and the ruthlessness is camouflaged as lost ‘self-esteem.’

-Philip Roth, The Human Stain

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