Scalia's writing could swing in an instant from steely argument to wild lampoon and then combine the two and never lose its ease and gracefulness. Such a style can only be the product of exertions unseen by the reader. It requires unblinking attention and pitiless self-corrections made on the fly. The rest of us got a hint of what was involved in 2003, when William Safire, the language columnist for the New York Times — yes, my little ones, there once was such a person — asked the justice to explain a turn of phrase from a recent opinion.
Monday, February 22, 2016
… The Justice as Writer | The Weekly Standard. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)