Francis Bacon

Worthy Canadian initiative

Canadian journalist Jonathan Kay quotes Joseph Bottum on cranks: "There are three infallible signs of the crank. ... The first is that he has  theory about the Jews. The second is that he has a theory about money. And the third is that he has a theory about Shakespeare."

Mr. Kay, who works for the National Post, engaged in an anthropological survey of American cranks, publishing his findings in Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiratist Underground (HarperCollins, 340 pages, $27.99). His main subject is the Truthers, the collection of schismatic sects that believe that the September 11, 2011, attacks were a...