“This is as interesting as a soap opera, but so far it is just about as deep.”
Luckily it was on a draft (and not, say, a finished paper). But still, ouch! Then again, I can’t help but think to myself, “What would I prefer? Writing incredibly interesting work (assuming you find soap operas interesting)? Or being deep?” This actually isn’t so easy to figure out. In part because if something is that interesting, there must be something to it, no? Which would you rather? I know it’s not an either/or. But my decision on this question has major implications for what my book is going to look like. And to be honest, the jury is still out.