Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It all figures

Best find of the day at Balloon Juice (as of 3:15 a.m.) over an article on Supreme Court justices on good writing:

“The only good way to learn about writing is to read good writing,” says Chief Justice John Roberts.

That sentiment is echoed by Breyer, who points to Proust, Stendhal and Montesquieu as his inspirations. Justice Anthony Kennedy loves Hemingway, Shakespeare, Solzhenitsyn, Dickens and Trollope.

Justice Thomas says a good legal brief reminds him of the TV show 24. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says one of the great influences on her writing was her European literature professor at Cornell, Vladimir Nabokov — yes, the same Nabokov who later rocked the literary world with his widely acclaimed novel Lolita.

Somebody is shocked that Ginsburg references Nabokov, but just glosses over Thomas citing writing that isn't actually, you know presented in written form, and who's primarily line of dialog is "RUN!" or "WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?!"?


Montag said...

Oh, hell, that's just a diversion on Thomas' part. His idea of good writing is actually Rush Limpball's program.

DrDick said...

What? You expect literacy from a Supreme Court Justice? What kind of monster are you?

Raoul Paste said...

This is about as overt as NPR is going to get in calling someone a fool.

pansypoo said...

we need to impeach clarence!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My money says Clarence has a ghost writer.

Anonymous said...

thomas has a steady supply of vitriol he can suck from his wife whenever he needs.