Dr Watson isn’t coming to town

Link: The Great Beyond: Inside the mind of ‘Honest Jim’ Watson.

Above is a round tour of links and a summary of the state of play in the Jim Watson story — what he said, what he was reported as saying (not by any means necessarily the same thing), who has cancelled what, and his apology. You can also (at the link at the top of this post) find a link to Scientific American‘s list of Jim Watson’s Greatest Hits (of faux pas, that is) — it is not unheard of for Dr Watson to make unforced errors (which isn’t to say that he did so on this occasion: glossy magazine interviews are not renowned as cornerstones of reliability).

I’m always fascinated by how these kinds of story (or any kind of story) gets reported initially. Here is the Great Beyond (Nature‘s news blog) first reporting the story; here is Matt Brown, Editor of Nature Network London, on the same story; but here is a far less measured take, on Nature Neuroscience‘s Action Potential blog, with the title "He said what??".

Out of body experience

Can you inagine reading along quite happily about Jack Reacher’s latest stakeout, when suddenly John Rebus lurches into the store for an IrnBru and chip butties, hence stumbling across the stick-up and shooting the would-be perpetrator, catching Jack wth a stray bullet in the process? Far-fetched? Well, just read this: Crime Always Pays: “Cop That!” Cop Tops Copper In Plod-Popping Plot!. (My response to Brian McGilloway: OK, OK, anything you like, kill him off if you have to, but don’t stop writing.)

This is a post from a charmer of a blog that describes itself "thusly": Down those mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean but is in fact quite happy to share the latest news, reviews, gossip and slander about the dicks, dames and desperados of (mostly) Irish crime fiction, non-fiction and movies on the basis that it provides an investment-lite platform for giving his paltry two novels some much undeserved interweb publicity. We thank you for your cooperation.

Greatest living Englishman is no more

Link: Thought Experiments : The Blog: Alan Coren.

I am very sorry to discover that the Greatest Living Englishman is no longer living. RIP, he will be sadly missed by me, as well as by many of my colleagues and friends.

See his own paper’s obituary here; and, in his own inimitable words, here.