A MAN’S Facebook post has led to people desperately trying to prove how clever they are.
Teacher Tom Logan’s request for holiday book recommendations sparked a tedious game of intellectual one-upmanship among his tiresome and insecure friends.
Logan said: “Lucy suggested a worthy novel about Chinese peasant women facing famine and Japanese brutality in the 1930s. Probably not the ideal beach read.
“Pete then chipped in with an angry diatribe about Zadie Smith being shit, which I think was to prove he’s cleverer than her, although he has written precisely no novels.
“After that it became a full-on showing off competition, with suggestions of Foucault’s Pendulum, Ulysses and Francis Fukuyama’s The End of History.
“As well as being pretentious it got quite nasty and my supposed friend Steve actually posted, ‘I can’t believe you haven’t read any Updike! YOU FUCKING IDIOT!’
“There are about 100 posts now, including Lara’s suggestion that I ‘explore pre-Banksian gender-fluid sci-fi in the mould of Harrison or Pohl’, but I’ve got quite a bit of packing to do.
“I was only looking for something about the SAS or wizards.”