I am not much given to heroes. Nothing demeans a man more, nor better exposes his natural defects, than to make an hero of him. Hero-worship has done much to expose the truly great to criticism none of the critics could escape themselves if great enough to be worthy of study. It is too easy to lose sight of greatness as admirers waste their energies on defending charges which amount to no more than "he is human".
I am in danger of acquiring a new hero however. In the sidebar you will find a link to a magnificent blog I have just discovered called "The Joy of Curmudgeonry". The author specialises in debunking intellectual charlatanry. He or she is plainly intelligent, well-educated, insightful and far from being (as I sometimes fear I may be) a curmudgeon.
I have not laughed so much or so well in a while. Give it a try.
The Joy of Curmudgeonry