Gregory J. Sullivan

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  • January 2010

    Guns Incorporated?

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review McDonald v. City of Chicago, a case that presents the watershed issue of whether the individual right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, established in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller, applies to states.

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  • Government by Judiciary
    June 2006

    Government by Judiciary

    The two most prominent newspaper journalists covering the U.S. Supreme Court have written biographies of two of the most prominent justices of our time.

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  • <em>Habemus Papam</em>
    October 2005

    Habemus Papam

    In response to the badgering of reporters during the interregnum about whether the new pope would be a liberal or a conservative, Justin Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia responded that the next pope will be Catholic.

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  • May 1997

    Solomons and Caesars

    Karen Finley is a "performance artist." Her performances are succinctly described by Judge Robert Bork in his new book Slouching Towards Gomorrah: "Before an audience, [Finley] would strip to the waist, smear her body with chocolate (to represent excrement) and sprouts (sperm), and wail about what men have done to women."

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  • January 1996

    Our Platonic Guardians

    In 1986, Justice William Brennan delivered an address in which he called for "state courts to step into the breach" left by what he discerned as a federal contraction of rights and remedies.

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  • Parochial Formalism
    October 1995

    Parochial Formalism

    Roger Newman's biography is thoroughly researched in the exhaustive way that biographies are these days—any [person at all connected with Black has been interviewed, and every scrap of paper examined.

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  • Five Votes
    June 1994

    Five Votes

    That constitutional law [Brennanism] is not something derived from the text, structure, and history of the various provisions of the Constitution but rather a creation of the arbitrary personal views of the Justices—this, for the past 30 years or so, has been the crux of Brennan's radical egalitarianism.

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  • Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest
    February 1992

    Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest

    BAD—as distinguished from merely bad, which has always been with us—is a (late) 20th-century phenomenon. "To achieve real BAD," writes Mr. Fussell, "you have to have the widest possible gap between what is said about a thing and what the thing actually is, as experienced by bright, disinterested, and modest people."

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  • Dionysus in the Trenches
    November 1989

    Dionysus in the Trenches

    In his masterly Ideas Have Consequences, Richard Weaver (who was fond of the long view) marked the decline of the West from the late 14th century with the development of William of Occam's doctrine of nominalism.

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  • September 1989

    Objection Sustained

    The interdisciplinary field of law and literature is burgeoning, and various academics are making grandiose claims. "The field envisages," says Richard Posner, "a general confrontation or comparison, for purposes of mutual illumination, of two vast bodies of texts, and of the techniques for analyzing each body."

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  • January 1989

    The Secular Imagination

    Under the tyranny of ideology that is a grim fact of contemporary life in university English departments, it is tempting to reflect on the career of Lionel Trilling (1905-1975) with an uncritical wistfulness.

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  • A Portrait of the Artisan as a Young Man
    September 1988

    A Portrait of the Artisan as a Young Man

    Many 20th-century literary figures have undergone such exhaustive biographical treatment that a scholar wishing to venture into well-traversed territory is compelled to proffer a startling new thesis to vindicate his labors.

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  • May 1988

    Criticism Lite

    Any reader familiar with Martin Amis' novels—especially his most recent, Money: A Suicide Note (1984)—will not be surprised by the relentlessly contemptuous tone of The Moronic Inferno and Other Visits to America, a collection of his essays and articles on America and Americans.

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