Category Archives: Sailing without guide

“A Vigorous Young Man”

Good writing is a rare commodity in law school, as in the legal world generally.  Mercifully, there are a handful of judges who are a joy to read. One is Benjamin Cardozo, who was on the New York Court of … Continue reading

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From Blackbeard to Jeffrey Dahmer

Recently, a relative gave me his copy of a large book called “The Encyclopedia of American Crime,” put together by the crime reporter Carl Sifakis and subtitled “From Blackbeard to Jeffrey Dahmer.” While Blackbeard gets a complete entry and a … Continue reading

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Warriors, come out and play-ay

Like Xenophon’s “Anabasis,” on which it is based, the 1979 now-cult classic “The Warriors” stays with us because of how bad it is. I watched it the other night for the first time since college, after finding it on the … Continue reading

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A first post

There is a certain charm to writing something that is ostensibly so public, i.e. on the Internet, but which in fact is invisible to all but a couple people.  I therefore have a feeling something akin to what I imagine … Continue reading

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