Spinning Straw into Gold

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  1. Kaimi says:

    Well, we lawyers certainly take straw and turn it into . . . something.

    Whether your own straw-to-gold metaphor is the most appropriate metaphor, or whether a more apt description might discuss the start-to-finish transformation that horses and cattle commonly effect on straw — well, it’s possible that reasonable minds might differ on the outcome of that particular question.

  2. Hedgehog says:

    My grandmother was the County Law Librarian (and the Draft Board) in the 50’s and 60’s. She’d occasionally take me to work with her and pay me (a quarter or two) to update the pocket parts in all those glorious volumes. As an L1 as the rest of my class struggled with the vagaried Am Jur and Fed 2nd and Pac Rep I was at home – they were old friends from my childhood. And while I still had to learn all the “magic words”, that familiarity stood me in good stead.

  3. Ah, the beauty of old books . . . definitely, there’s something wonderful and irreplaceable about the physical book. Part of me loves the fact that now we can access all the cases electronically, but part of me laments the fact that law books may soon be entirely replaced by electrons. The computer doesn’t capture the magic of a set of the U.S. Reports or F.3d. I wonder how many growing up today will speak fondly of the mustiness of Westlaw or the leather of Lexis. Alas.

  4. Simon says:

    It’s true that being able to search word-by-word online is very helpful, but I agree with the previous posters, that there is something irreplacable about holding this material in your hands, or looking at a wall of books (Daniel’s polite euphemism about a “set” of U.S. reports – which, these days, arrives in the mail in its own handy presentation wall o’ shelves) and realizing what you’re looking at. As Giles says, in defense of books over computers, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “knowledge should be smelly!”

  5. Nate Oman says:

    “As Giles says, in defense of books over computers, in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: “knowledge should be smelly!””

    Indeed. One of the wisest lines in a show filled with wise lines.

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  10. anwar says:

    I am poor person, I need some law books for knowledge about humain rights.

  11. Lou Lower says:

    All very touching and poetic, but I am faced with the tangible problem of finding a place or market for hundreds, possibly thousands of law books from the sequential law practices of my father and brother. In the digital age, there seems to be no market or place for those beautiful, evocative law books. Anyone have experience or suggestions to address my problem? Indiana location.