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Sunday, December 18, 2011

"Our Boggling Constitution" wins! Congrats to Paul!

The Green Bag has honored Paul Horwitz's "Our Boggling Constitution:  or, On Taking Text Really, Really Seriously" (which appeared in Constitutional Commentary) as one of 2011's pieces of "exemplary legal writing."  The short, and very funny, piece is here

 This light essay takes a jaunty two-step beyond textualism and beyond intra-textualism, and offers a new approach to constitutional interpretation: intra-intra-textualism. Just as textualism involves taking the whole text of the Constitution seriously, and intra-textualism involves taking the words of the Constitution seriously, so intra-intra-textualism proposes that we take the letters of the Constitution seriously. Inspired by Boggle, and by the various text-twist type games I can't seem to stop playing on my Iphone, intra-intra-textualism, or "Our Boggling Constitution," argues that if the words of the Constitution have authoritative interpretive meaning, then so must its letters -- especially when they are jumbled together and rearranged. Besides offering new sources of legitimacy, flexibility, and professional advancement, Boggling Constitutionalism, unlike most other theories of constitutional interpretation, is also fun for the whole family. This humor piece, which was initially published anonymously, is a nominee in the Green Bag Almanac & Reader's list of exemplary legal writing over the past year.

Posted by Rick Garnett on December 18, 2011 at 05:27 PM in Rick Garnett | Permalink


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Surely not 2012?

Posted by: William Baude | Dec 18, 2011 8:56:28 PM

Thank you so much for your kind words, "buy essays online." Do let me know if there's anything I can do for you in return--say, buying essays online. Will: We do like to plan ahead here at Prawfsblawg, but you're right: the list is of legal writing published in and around 2010/2011.

Posted by: Paul Horwitz | Dec 19, 2011 6:21:01 AM

I might be to young to understand all of the jokes in this article, but it was actually kind of the greatest thing ever. Maybe it was because I was reading this at 2:00 a.m. instead of studying...but it was hilarious. I would totally Boggle that Constitution. Although, the door is left open for many other games like Constitutional Bingo, Constitutional Twister, Constitutional Poker, Constitutional Tetris, and Angry Constitutions or Constitution Birds...All of those also nicely double as drinking games too

Posted by: D | Dec 19, 2011 1:03:14 PM

Also, you might want to consider selling your paper to "buy essays online"-they sell 28 page law papers for 2833.60 pounds!

Posted by: D | Dec 19, 2011 1:09:36 PM

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