In 1972, the Supreme Court struck down Georgia’s death penalty law. Since Georgia’s law closely resembled those in the 40 other states with capital punishment, most legal experts believed Furman v. Georgia meant the end of executions in America. The victory was highly improbable. The constitutionality of capital punishment had been axiomatic for 200 years, until, in 1962, the largely forgotten Justice Arthur Goldberg, and his clerk, Alan Dershowitz, suggested otherwise in an unusual dissent from a denial of certiorari in a capital case. Goldberg’s opinion spurred an underfunded band of civil rights attorneys to begin a quixotic crusade that produced the stunning 1972 victory and, four years later, a crushing defeat when the Court reversed itself following a brilliant oral argument by Solicitor General Robert Bork. Drawing on interviews with law clerks, litigators, and four years of archival research, A Wild Justice is an extraordinary, behind-the-scenes look at the Supreme Court, the Justices, and the political complexities of the most racially charged and morally vexing issue in America.
Shortly before his wedding, the unnamed hero of this uncommon romance is visited by a man, claiming to be his future self, who ominously admonishes the protagonist that he must not marry the love of his life, Q. The author doubts this stranger, but in time becomes convinced of his authenticity and leaves his fiancée. The resulting void in his life is impossible to fill. One after the other, future selves arrive urging him to marry someone else, divorce, attend law school, leave law school, travel, join a running club, stop running, study the guitar, the cello, Proust, Buddhism, opera, and eliminate gluten from his diet. The only constants in this madcap quest for personal improvement are the author’s love for his New York City home and for his beloved Q. Q turns the classic story of transcendent love on its head, with an ending that will melt even the darkest heart.
A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the president of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is skeptical of the evidence presented to him and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of his young attaché, an alien scam artist, several raccoons, and a scientist who has predicted the end of the universe. Parrot sketch excluded.