Yearly Archive for 2009

: 2009

The Nine: Toobin frames a constitutional debate

In the first chapters of “The Nine,” Jeffrey Toobin’s look into the history, personalities and often opaque workings of our nation’s highest court, the author sets up the back story for what has

Evans brings methane hydrate debate to the surface with new novel

I’ve nearly finished “Frozen Fire,” the new techno-thriller by Greenwich resident Bill Evans, and it’s clear the WABC meteorologist can do more than give the weather report — he also tells an

Looking at the high court from a legal point of view

As an attorney who has practiced during the Rehnquist and now the Roberts era – where 5 to 4 decisions are a common occurrence — I hold my breath each time an important decision comes down from the

One last postscript on Roberts

I thought I would make one last post about Roberts as we put her book out to pasture and delve into what looks like a much more fascinating read. I’m still a little embarrassed by how awful the A-Rod

Toobin, O.J. and the New Yorker

A few months ago I attended a talk by Tina Brown, part of a magazine journalism lecture series at Columbia University, where she mostly talked about her newest venture, The Daily Beast. Brown is most

RBG’s place in the nine

What’s most interesting to me about “The Nine” — and the primary reason I’ve wanted to read it — is that it reveals the amazing and eccentric characters our Supreme Court is made of. Perhaps none

‘The Nine’ of the Supreme Court

For our second book selection, we’ll be reading “The Nine”, Jeffrey Toobin’s inside look at the tail end of the Rehnquist court (no, not the short-lived series on ABC.) All of this is just in time to

A breezy day in Devil’s Den

I went hiking in the Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil’s Den Preserve in Weston Friday and, for the first time, I understood the inspiration for the naturalists and poets from New England. It was such a breezy

Now I feel bad

Well, I finished “A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez.” It didn’t end as badly, with all the heavy psychoanalysis, as it began. But it didn’t end well. The book didn’t really tell us anything

In Florence with no Baedeker: Reading ‘A Room With a View’

My perusal of E.M. Forster’s classic novel began with such good intentions.  With wholesome, faintly academic fervor, I embraced the prospect of reading  the imperishable “A Room With a View” after