Congrats to Simon Johnson, who Prospect Magazine has named the #1 Public Intellectual of the financial crisis. Simon (and James!) have the intellectual part down, but what I find most impressive is the Public part – their writing is for a general educated audience, and they are able to make their often technical and complicated points in a way that advances the debate while not just writing for technocratic wonks. Their blog and writings are a fantastic addition to the public sphere.
Mostly I just want to reproduce this image though.