I love it. It reminds me of some contemporary Postmodern writers. I don't find it ridiculous. The escalating achievements leave me breathless. The writing is so wonderful! I think the writer makes it obvious he hadn't done these things. What an amazing achievement: some of the glory still clings to writer as he satirizes these kind of essays while writing a brilliant one. A pretty astounding feat in my book -- one that ranks well among all the others he lists.