February 10, 2006

"Writing palindromes ... It's like the opposite of a guitar."

Says comedian and former NYU law student Demetri Martin. About quitting law school, he says:
The first week, I remember thinking: "OK, this cool. I get it: You analyze the case, find the issues, apply the rule, draw a conclusion. Cool, I get this." But that was week one. Then, at week two, I was like, "That's it?" And by week three I was like: "This sucks. I'm bored. This is so detail-oriented. I'm not a detail person."

Yikes. Me, I'm in decade three.

16 comments:

reader_iam said...

...
I palindrome I (I palindrome I)
And I am a snake head eating (snake head)
The head on the opposite side (snake head)
I palindrome I (manonam)...


(excerpt from They Might Be Giant's "I Palindrome I"

Pastor_Jeff said...

...
Lisa Bonet ate no basil
Warsaw was raw
Was it a car or a cat I saw?

...
Ma is as selfless as I am
May a moody baby doom a yam?

...
Oh, no! Don Ho!
Nurse, I spy gypsies -- run!

...
Oozy rat in a sanitary zoo
God! A red nugget! A fat egg under a dog!
Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog


From "Bob," Weird Al Yankovic's tribute to Bob Dylan

Dave said...

Two things I don't understand:

1) That quote.

2) Why one would forgo a free ride to NYU Law to do comedy.

Surely law is the evil of two lessers.

Ann Althouse said...

Dave: Did you read the story at the link? The link is there for a reason.

Jen Bradford said...

Who comes up with these?

Debate with girl last; if it's all right, I wet a bed.

nunzio said...

a man, a plan, a canal: panama

Ann Althouse said...

Are you people looking for an antidote to the guitar? I don't get it!

Simon Kenton said...

Probably waxing cancrine is groupie saltpetre, but I did once attract a female by using the word "boustrophedonic." She was more your polyhistor climber type than your stage-set ululator, though.

Simon Kenton said...

Incidentally, I loved the idea that a writer of palindromes disclaims being a detail person.

xwfifw - a former wife who abandoned her family to write palidromes.

AJD said...

Demetri is right about the repetitive nature of law education. There is no reasonable explanation why law school is three years long. The skills are all taught in the first semester.

So, the comic figured this out in three weeks. And you are still doing it after three decades. Then again, you blog so much that you can't be reading and anayzing all that many cases!

Ruth Anne Adams said...

Am I hearing decade three buyer's remorse?

It could be your law-prof scam working on your conscience.

Maxine Weiss said...

Back to my former question: Would anybody choose to study this stuff if career/job/income weren't a factor?

I think not!

Peace, Maxine

Adam said...

Study this stuff? Absolutely.

Practice it? That's a different question.

reader_iam said...

Wow! I responded a couple of hours ago to the comment you made about guitars and antidotese.

My browser?

A broader issue?

Or was the comment the problem (can't imagine why ... of all of them; this of all others would be the problem?) and it was deleted?

Chris O'Brien said...

Hey I'm sick of practicing law. This palindrome thing sounds interesting. Is it a growth industry? Where do I study to be a Palindromist? (Perhaps the city of Vellev, Denmark hahahaha)Do we have enough people doing this?

Another thought - "Doris how's your son doing at NYU law? You must be thrilled!"

"Oh that..um..well..he gave up the scholarship at a top-ten law school to write Palindromes. We're so proud......no..really...we are."

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