From time to time, I find it necessary to give Above the Law readers an extended break from their tireless work as copy editors, issue spotters, and defenders of American values. That’s right — it’s time for me to go vacation.

What will I be doing? Well, to be honest, I’ve been inspired by the Bonobos ad campaign. It reminded me that there was a time when I was interested in a broad array of topics — like the behavioral proclivities of bonobo apes — that had nothing to do with the legal issues of the day. I used to care about things like ape sex, string theory, and Egyptian eunuchs. So I’m taking a bit of a cultural holiday. MoMa, Museum of Natural History, Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking, here I come….

And sure, you could interpret that last paragraph as: (a) wow, Elie must have gambled away too much money and now he’s broke; or (b) Elie’s work-release program from debtor’s prison means he can’t leave the isle of Manhattan. And you’d be right. But you’re not going to think I’m such a loser when you see me cruising around the city in my snazzy new pants.

Meanwhile, on Above the Law, I leave you in the always capable hands of Kashmir Hill and David Lat (who’s back in the ATL trenches full-time). Please email them at [email protected] if you see anything you’d like them to cover. Or email them if you just want to use the opportunity to convince them to change the locks while I’m gone.

Have a great week. See you on the 16th.

Earlier: Vacation Memo: Elie


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