I know both of these people from high school:
Friend 1: is reading about Roman exemplarity...and falling asleep.
Person I don't know: falling asleep or comatose?
Friend 2: Let me guess...exceptionalism was the basis of their foreign policy, they had a manifest destiny to dominate their hemisphere, and everything was alright as long as the frontier provided a pressure release valve for the ambitious malcontents?
Friend 1: bordering on comatose. @Friend 2: much worse--distinctions between modern theories of identity construction and the anachronistic application of those theories to Roman social roles found in the literary and pictorial tradition of exempla. I think I just bored myself explaining that.
IAMJOECOLLECTOR: I'm reading the lost symbol, but somehow I don't think that it is related. BTW big words confuse me, many big words really confuse me.
Friend 2 Oof. Didn't all that become passé in about 1998? I suppose it is useful to emphasize the importance of approaching material from a more self-critical/self-aware point of view....damn Freud ruined everything...but it does sound tiresome.
Wow, um mentally masturbate much?