Well, this is prescient.
Vice has a spread depicting all your most revered, beloved literary characters in vaguely humiliating poses. I particularly like this one of Ignatius Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces trying to cram a hot dog and ice cream cone into his mouth simultaneously. Observe:
But is that humiliating? Is that not in keeping with the character’s Quixote-like heroism? It’s admittedly been a while since I read Confederacy of Dunces, but as I recall, it was pretty much about living your dreams. This isn’t everyone’s dream?