THE WEEKLY LAW SCHOOL ROUNDUP . . . The Weekly Law School Roundup alternates between The Legal Underground and Thanks, But No Thanks, where you can find this week's Weekly Law School Roundup #201. The next installment will appear here soon, so be sure to check back.
WHY PUBLISH? . . . Jorge Luis Borges, who claimed everything he published was a "rough draft," explained why people publish books (or stories, or essays, or virtually any text), in an interview in which he recalled a conversation with Mexican writer Alfonso Reyes--
Well, he once said to me, "Why do we publish books?" "Yes," I said, "I often ask myself the same question. Why on earth?" He said, "I think I've found the solution." "And what is that?" I asked. ""We publish books," he said, "in order to avoid spending our whole lives correcting the errors." And I agree. If one publishes a book, he can then go on to other things.
From Jorge Luis Borges: Conversations (edited by Richard Burgin).
Roundup Moms in the Legal Profession #124. [PT-LawMom]
Look for next week's roundup at Thanks, But No Thanks then it's back here the week after that. You can find some other recent roundups in the "At the Law Schools 2" category, as well as sixty or so older roundups from 2004-2005 here. Finally, if you want to know how I choose posts to highlight, see "How I Write the Weekly Law School Roundup." (If you have a law-student weblog that I don't seem to know about or that isn't in my blogroll, please send me an email.)
THE ANTI-GRISHAM . . . I liked this from lawyer/writer David Erlewine in his interview with the Pank blog--
In 2002, when I took off a year from law to write fiction, I had business cards made up that referenced how I was the anti-Grisham. My wife still gives me shit about that. God, was I a fucking idiot, thinking that was funny. But, I still believe that I am the anti-Grisham. I practice the kind of law no one wants to read about. I write about aspects of the law that no other attorneys I know write about.
Erlewine is a D.C.-based lawyer with a writing-focused weblog called Whizbyfiction.
Other lawyer-writer posts can be found in the "Between the Covers" category on this weblog, which I haven't posted to in a long time. Erlewine inspired me.
THE WEEKLY LAW SCHOOL ROUNDUP . . . The Weekly Law School Roundup alternates between The Legal Underground and Thanks, But No Thanks, where you can find this week's Weekly Law School Roundup #199. The next installment will appear here soon, so be sure to check back.
YOU BETCHA! . . . In Slate's Culture Blog, Browbeat, Daniel Engber calls attention to a new scholarly article that analyzes Sarah Palin's manner of speaking--
[A] team of linguists from University of Wisconsin-Madison found that she uses the words heck and darn at least 20 times more often than her contemporary Americans. Using transcripts from the 2008 vice-presidential debate, they also found that she engaged in "g-dropping" (e.g. people are hurtin' or takin' personal responsibility) at an unusually high rate of 12 percent.
PRODUCTIVITY PORN . . . That's what Marc Andreessen calls "techniques, tactics, and tricks for maximizing personal productivity." In a long post, he explains some of his favorite tips (some of which I'm paraphrasing)--
Don't keep a schedule;
Keep three and only three lists: a Todo List, a Watch List, and a Later List;
Each night before you go to bed, prepare a 3x5 index card with a short list of 3 to 5 things that you will do the next day;
Use procrastination to your advantage;
Be incompetent on purpose when you don't want to be asked again;
Email only twice a day;
Don't answer the phone;
Wear an iPod at work (people are less likely to bother you);
Say no unless you really want to say yes;
Do something you love.
There are lots of links in the full post. Waste some time and read them! (Link from Litigation and Trial.)