"I'll be grateful," Megan Stephan writes at Public Books, "when the back-and-forth chatter about whether our reading should make us feel guilty fades to a silence that allows me to hear the sound of pages turning." That's a widely held sentiment. In our
poptimistera, "guilty pleasures" have been so thoroughly recuperated that it sometimes feels like the only thing about which you're allowed to feel guilty is feeling guilty. But despite this broad validation of reading enjoyment, or perhaps because of it, displeasure continues to be viewed with unease.
My guess of the bolded: The prevalence of poptimism supports 'guilty pleasures', and so helps people recover from guilt due to 'guilty' pleasures. So now, no actual guilt exists, excepting the feeling of guilt.
1. Yet I doubt my guess, because the only thing about which you're allowed to feel guilty implies something still causing the feeling of guilt? I thought that poptimism eliminated this completely? Please explain the bolded sentence which seems abstract?
2. What are some formal terms describing the bolded italicised phrase? Am I right in denoting it 'the subject of the second independent clause'?