Three quick items to close out the great public intellectual debate of 2014:
1.) Dylan Byers replies here. You can judge his argument for yourself.
2.) I received the following note from a reader:
How do I apply for the TNC public intellectual prize? Does it ever go to Jews? Does it ever not go to Jews?
The TNC Public-Intellectual Prize is an annual cash-less award given by the International Institute for Greater Conversating. The International Institute for Greater Conversating does not discriminate. Jews and black people with Mormon lineage are encouraged to apply. As are Mormons with black lineage. Special attention will be given to blacks with Mormon heritage who've considered converting to Judaism. There is no application fee. Applications open in February.
3.) The restaurant we went to (If you're a francophile and Aurora is your server, you're in luck.) was Joseph Leonard. If you're in New York, go. Get the kale. Get the oysters. And—I can't believe I'm going to say this—get the hamhock. Also get the carrot cake. And have a glass of Les Garrigues. Take someone you love who loves food almost as much as they love you.