This is a good point. My experience with Carver was during a fiction writing class, and if there wasn't the prod to discuss the story I probably would've had a "huh, interesting" reaction and moved on. Might not've sunk in as much as it should.
I'm seriously loving Against the Day. I want to write about all the reasons why but only halfway through. Still 500+ more pages? Where will it go? Where will it take me!? I'm excited. I look forward to going to bed every day because it means I get to spend an hour or two with it :]