In another thread I mentioned an acquaintance I used to have in college. Very well read, very intelligent, very interested in philosophy of all kinds and very interested in Buddhism. In class, he would enthusiastically go off on very long tangents with 20 dollar words which sounded brilliant, but if you analyzed it, hardly made sense. Somehow he would always manage to bring his streams of logorhea back into the real world to be insulting or to annoy someone.......all to his childish delight. When people complained about it he would give some sort of contrived descriptions of Asian folklore about spiritual masters who despite being enlightened would act like crassholes and who would do it for their benefit. The implication being that he was the master and you, having just gotten a philosophical wedgie, had a favor done for you. He was an attention whore, he knew everyone, he loved to talk, but had hardly any friends beyond people who would party with him as it was just a matter of time before he would piss anyone off and twist it into a victory in his mind.
This was in the 1990s, about the same time period the article was referring too. He also haunted talk.religion.buddhism, alt.zen, a few other Usenet groups of the time and several listservs of the time.
About a year or two ago I ran into him on Facebook. He still lives in my area and he still seems to be playing similar games and wasting his life in similar ways. I feel sad for him.
In reading the scriptures, there are two kinds of mistakes:
One mistake is to cling to the literal text and miss the inner principles.
The second mistake is to recognize the principles but not apply them to your own mind, so that you waste time and just make them into causes of entanglement.