At long last I'm getting a paper out the door, which means my latest blog column's been delayed.

In the mean time, John Hawks (whose blog you should be reading) has some priceless stuff on Richard Dawkins' war on Harry Potter:

Well, since he's outlining what would be the topic of a fifteen-year longitudinal study on cognition and reading experiences, I would guess that he'll settle for just waving his arms around and saying "wizards-bad-BAD." Which is pretty much what he did in The God Delusion.

I like Dawkins, but that's only because I've been very selective in my Dawkins reading. The Ancestor's Tale was amazing. I purposely haven't touched The God Delusion. (Daniel Dennett probably did a much better job in Breaking The Spell ).