You Are Now Free to Comment on Goldblog

This is probably a bad idea, but the Supreme Revolutionary Council of Goldblog, in consultation with the ISI, the CIA, MI6, and the AAA, has decided to open comments on all posts in this space. This might not be as bad an idea as having a blog in the first place, but we'll see.

When this blog first came to life, I followed the (smart) advice of Andrew Sullivan and chose not to have comments, because comments sections, particularly on blogs that cover subjects I cover, tend to become pretty sewerish. On the other hand, there are many thoughtful Goldblog readers who e-mail me regularly with smart observations, and I only share a tiny portion of those thoughts with readers, so it seemed to me that this was a way of bringing this crew of people into the conversation. But we'll see -- if the blog gets clogged by the rantings of angry Semites and angry anti-Semites, we'll revisit this decision. But in the meantime -- and this means you, loyal Goldblog readers -- please register, if you aren't already commenting elsewhere on TheAtlantic.com, and please comment away.

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. He is the author of Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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