Here's how he attempts to justify his behavior:
If you break a rule and it works, everyone copies you. If there’s a ground swell of public rule breaking, they’ll change the rule. The split infinitive is the poster-boy for recent changes. Once the favorite target of editors and English teachers, now it’s acceptable to occasionally split those pesky infinitives.
I suppose we have Star Trek to thank for that. Those intrepid explorers (I'm talking about the series' writers, not Jim and Bones and Spock) encouraged us "to boldly go" right ahead and split infinitives to our mutinous little hearts' content. And we did. To the extent that hardly anybody notices anymore. Which kind of takes all the fun out of it.
That must be why Jack's playing fast and loose with POV. Because nobody's raising an eyebrow over his split infinitives these days.
If you break narrative rules and it works, English Lit teachers will read your prose aloud to their classes as a brave example of stylized writing. You’re a genius.
But what if you break the rules and it doesn’t work? Simple. You’re a hack.
What's that, Jack? Are you daring us to try it?
Okay, I'm in. Who else is in the mood to break a writing rule today?