* These quiz things seem popular on the internet, so here is a one question personality test, without any typing, to try: what is the word you see here?
* Damian Thompson has now admitted his story was nonsense, but what I particularly enjoyed was the reaction to the story’s unravelling on the Jihadwatch site. In particular, “the commentator”:http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/019714.php#c502738 who has won this year’s Dawkins prize for abject and sincere apology:
bq. %(loony) I am forced to conclude, as others here and elsewhere have concluded, that this story is a tissue of lies, a fabrication, a factual untruth, a malfiscient piece of propaganda advanced only to discredit us by playing upon our credulous (justified?) belief that Islamics would indeed behave in the way portrayed in this story. %
%(loony)Of course Islamics would and could behave in this way but this particular story appears to have no basis in fact – in actual events. It is, in all probability, a Muslim constructed story designed to show us in the worst possible light.”%
“In all probability.” Couldn’t put it more judiciously myself.
* Spot the razor blade in _this_ potato: Richard Lewontin, “reviewing the life and achievements of Steve Gould,”:http://www.nybooks.com/articles/21033 comes to deal with other public intellectuals: %(sane)”It is even possible to become a public intellectual in science with no institutional home in a technical discipline. Richard Dawkins, who was trained as a biologist and who obviously knows a great deal about genetics and evolution, is Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford”%
* From the same issue of the _NYRB:_ Tony Judt’s fantastic speech on the holocaust and memory. I think I really should post here the profile of him that I wrote and the _Guardian_ never used.