This week my blog has been about as fresh as RTE’s summer schedule. In my defense, an interview that John Banville graciously agreed to do should be appearing ASAP on the main Three Monkeys Online site. In the meantime, I offer up links to these two interesting, meaty articles, both of which make rather startling claims. Jared Diamond, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Guns, Germs, and Steel, boldly identifies the worst mistake in human history. You’ll be surprised what it is.Meanwhile in the New York Review of Books Orlando Figes reviews Yuri Slezkine’s The Jewish Century, which contains the following sentence: “Modernization, in other words, is about everyone becoming Jewish.”Oy vey!