Just to clarify, I was quoting some random on ILM. I don't have an opinion on whether or not Mark was an intellectual.
Oh sure. ftr I do think the kitchen sink mixed bag pop intellectual has their merits, but more in the literary/aesthetic realm. Something Mark was very good at. Which is exactly why I wished he'd tried to develop some of those talents into fiction. Because as Luke says being the overly-learned type can be cloistering and constricting.