- The New Cicero, in which Charlotte Higgins examines rhetorical devices used by Barack Obama, giving the rest of us lessons in how to reach others’ hearts and guts. (Hat tip to Peter Friedman.)
- Illinois Bell Telephone Co. v. Box, in which Judge Posner, having endured “206
pages of briefs, brimming with jargon and technical detail,” reminds counsel that “Clarity, simplicity, and brevity are underrated
qualities in legal advocacy.” (Hat tip to Howard Bashman.)
- Needless Words, in which Jan Freeman reminds us that we sometimes go too far in pursuit of brevity, and that sometimes a bit of verbal padding is a good thing.