Yes, of course I'm going to talk about Jack Hitt's article in Sunday's NY Times Magazine. But long-time readers who remember my frequent railing at the idiocies perpetrated by the Times may be surprised at my response: I basically liked it. In this I part company from my fellow linguabloggers, Mark Liberman and Semantic Compositions, both of whom had serious bones to pick with it. It's not that I disagree with them about the facts, it's just that I have different standards for a long Magazine piece than I do for a news article.