The Easy Way Out

Several people have suggested that I write something in the aftermath of the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The problem is, I feel like I’ve exhausted Scalia as a subject, having said pretty much everything I’d want to say about him in a piece written for The Humanist magazine back in 2010. That piece was a review of Joan Biskupic’s biography of Scalia, American Original: The Life of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. That’s why I was pleased when the magazine’s editor, Jennifer Bardi, suggested that the piece run again this week, in the wake of Scalia’s death.

I realize, of course, that reposting an article written almost six years ago is the easy way out, but I’m happy to take it for a couple of reasons. For one, I’m glad that the article still seems relevant after all this time. But besides that, it relieves me of having to write about a subject that, quite frankly, I’d much rather move past. The Scalia era is over — now it’s time to recuperate.  The piece from The Humanist is here.