Book Passage of the Week (11/28/2015)

This week’s book passage comes from Philalawyer. His book, Happy Hour is for Amateurs, details his life in law and his eventual escape. What he writes about isn’t limited to law. Work sucks, but life doesn’t have to:

To the average law student biting his nails, scribbling notes furiously, chain smoking outside the library and mainlining espresso to stay up studying into the early morning, this thinking is insane. The job is the brass ring, and if you’re not pathologically devoted to “the law”, you’re at odds with almost everyone and everything around you. The statements professors routinely made about commitment to the field—”I never had time to read a newspaper in law school”, or “Law becomes your life”—struck me as signs of mental illness, low intellect, or a person trying to escape himself.

– Philalawyer, Happy Hour Is For Amateurs: Work Sucks. Life Doesn’t Have To.

Check out his blog (on the Internet Archive) and don’t miss his Commencement 2009 speech.

Book Passage of the Week (11/21/2015)

Every Saturday I’ll post a book passage, fiction or nonfiction. Let’s get started:

I was beginning to find that a lot of my positions clashed. The habits of liberals, their automatic language, their knee-jerk responses to certain issues, deserved the epithets the right wing stuck them with. I’d see how true they often were. Here they were, banding together in packs, so that I could predict what they were going to say about some event or conflict and it wasn’t even out of their mouths yet. I was very uncomfortable with that. Liberal orthodoxy was as repugnant to me as conservative orthodoxy.

– George Carlin, Last Words