It should be noted that Dreher is adding this comment to a long post criticizing both Ta-Nehisi’s recent essay on learning French and on his “Blue Period” generally.
I think Dreher misreads TNC, badly, but in the post itself he at least tries to make some sense of TNC’s argument.
But this, this in effect repudiates that attempt wholly, dismissing any need for understanding, and effacing what Dreher wrote before.
Which, fine, he’s free to do.
It’s still a dick move.