But my pleasure curdled when I saw the author photo and blurb. Look at her with her smug scarf, clever hair and face, not to mention a Twitter handle referencing her doctorate. How I hope I’ll be stumbling into discounted piles of her book come January. But it is so delightful that probably won’t happen.
Good grief, that last sentence was hard to write. Taking joy in others’ misfortune is easy; applauding their achievement without rancour much more difficult.
Her treatise on one of the most shame-inducing but widespread of all emotions is funny and insightful. She shows how “the revenge of the impotent”, as Nietzsche described it, touches on subjects that animate us all (from hatred of hypocrisy to the punishment of hubris). She reveals its influence in the workplace and on social media, in politics and in our love lives