As you may know from the series, I put in a good amount of preparation for each guest, generally absorbing as much of their life’s work as I can get my hands on. Even for authors where I have read plenty of them before, I try to reread them fairly comprehensively and all at once, plus some of the secondary literature, criticisms, and the like. And of course hardly anyone else does this in such a concentrated manner, even if they over time have read everything an author has produced.
Virtually everyone I have done this with has gone up in my eyes as a result. Both as a content creator and as a “carrier of a career.”
Just keep that in mind the next time you are tempted to criticism a well-known person harshly. Or for that matter a less well-known person.
You don’t understand them as well as you might.