@fragamacrunch I'm a little dubious about any of my own takes, because I'm working from near decade memories because RIP. I used to identify with Paul, but now he seems Cartman-esque, like he is the ectoplasmal embodiment of being a boring party pooper. If I were being kind, I'd say he's a Ligotti figure, unable to enjoy things and that making everything around him absurd. But that seems unreasonably overcharitable: he's just miserable and is mad that not everyone else is as miserable as him.
@fragamacrunch My scorching hot take on PfSC is that it indirectly buried the "xkcd is bad because the characters have no details in their drawing" argument, and that is probably the main impact it has had on the public.
@_ampersand I’m the same way, can’t really go back and reread them.
You’re probably right, I think. Paul thinks he’s a bold truth teller, but he’s really just bitter. I remember rooting for him, hoping he finally finds something to really satisfy him, but between between his own attitude and the crappy world he lives(?) in, you know you can’t expect much. I like your comparison to a Ligotti character.
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