How to Feed a Lawyer (and Other Irreverent Observations from the Legal Underground)

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"One of the strangest and most wonderful things about young associates at big law firms is their seemingly infinite capacity for unhappiness." So begins this piece in Slate.


With all due respect to "Rich and Miserable in Montgomery," I have to question whether he is as miserable as he says he is. On the one hand, he seems to have sufficient self-awareness to suspect that his use of a windfall to create greater wealth is not the realization of his early dream. On the other hand, he seems to be happy enough about his new building and growing practice. Presumably, he had a choice and no one twisted his arm. Isn't this complaint somewhat self-indulgent, similar to the complaints of movie stars who, after achieving the level of recognition they've always dreamed of, then complain about being too easily recognized?


H.K. You make several good points. I've placed you on the short list of people who can fill in for me as an advice dispenser if I ever feel like the stress becomes too much. Thanks for the input!


Some people are happiest when they are miserable. They seek it out and relish it. Rich and Miserable seems drawn to misery. That, or he is an unmitigated whiner. Or both.


a thought on empire building, from the archives:

happiest is not that stomach which rejects all foods.

[rough translation: a double bacon cheeseburger cures all ills, particularly when it's on an expense account.]


You may be a millionaire but you are also an idot...just my opinion. Your depression is solely your own fault. You had a goal and you reached it. You chose to be greedy and now you are where you are so don't whine.

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