In honor of final exams, here's something completely unacademic to ponder:
What's overrated? John Derbyshire is playing "the Caesar's Bath parlor game, where you have to list five things that people in your circle of friends or peer group are wild about, but you really can't understand the fuss over."
For Derbyshire, that would be cinnamon, basketball, Saul Bellow, philosophy, and the beach. (Obviously, he just hasn't been to the *right* beaches.)
I'd say: Rap music, Jon Stewart, Andrew Sullivan, skiing, and coffee.