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Anonymous Laywer by Jeremy Blachman, a review (no spoilers)

Last night I finished reading my advance copy of “Anonymous ...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
So is there a plot? Characters? Or is just a collection of...
lascivious garrison community account
  05/19/06
Yeah there definitely is a plot as well as characters. From ...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
WHITE GIRLS WITH ASIAN GUYS, MAN. WHITE GIRLS WITH ASIAN GU...
Cyan Racy Rigpig Hospital
  05/22/06
this girl is a 10 http://img210.imageshack.us/my.php?imag...
Cyan Racy Rigpig Hospital
  05/26/06
ok, THIS is the worst sticky ever.
Big chapel
  05/19/06
FIX THE REGISTRATION!
Medicated corner really tough guy
  05/19/06
Fixed.
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
so was he really bashing UMN, or Harvard students, or both?
Medicated corner really tough guy
  05/19/06
Both UMN and Harvard students get bashed. Probably about 20s...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
what does he say about Penn?
Medicated corner really tough guy
  05/19/06
You'll have to buy the book to find out the specifics, but i...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
are you sure this wasn't a reading based on your own preconc...
Medicated corner really tough guy
  05/19/06
I'm sure, given that the only reference to Penn was in a sen...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
how did you get an advance copy?
Histrionic self-absorbed area death wish
  05/19/06
A few popular bloggers, website owners, etc. got sent advanc...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
is it worth a couple days of my time.
Bistre maniacal volcanic crater
  05/19/06
Yes.
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
Thanks for the advance review. It's cool you finally got som...
topaz theatre half-breed
  05/19/06
Hi Howard Bashman. Enjoy your stay at AutoAdmit.com. http...
topaz theatre half-breed
  05/19/06
what does he say about minnesota in the book? can you quote...
concupiscible idiot
  05/19/06
Without getting into specifics, there's a paragraph comparin...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
what's the nature of the comparison, if you can't be more sp...
concupiscible idiot
  05/19/06
This advance copy isn't the final proof (they're still makin...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
toilets overflowing with faeces?
electric chartreuse university
  05/19/06
wtf is a 'laywer'?
Galvanic Domesticated Yarmulke
  05/19/06
Two Points: 1) Your writing style is pretty weak (based s...
kink-friendly heady parlor
  05/19/06
awesomely said
irradiated demanding temple corn cake
  05/28/06
So what makes Blachman an authority on anything law related?...
Wonderful Boiling Water Affirmative Action
  05/19/06
No offense, but does it really matter as long as it's entert...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
Yes, of course it matters--usually people who write satire a...
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  05/19/06
Here's an excerpt to illustrate my point: "I'm not b...
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  05/19/06
It made me smirk. I think someone is missing a sense of humo...
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  05/21/06
I was concerned about this too -- in fact the first couple o...
Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter
  05/19/06
That sounds slightly more interesting, though it seems like ...
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  05/19/06
To my knowledge there hasn't been any review of the book wri...
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  05/19/06
John Grisham has no biglaw experience, yet made billions wit...
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  05/20/06
It comes to end very bizzarely. has anyone understood how we...
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  05/19/06
First, I love AL and a good review, so I'll go buy it. Se...
judgmental razzle-dazzle point
  05/19/06
I don't usually buy blog books, but that sounds pretty inter...
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  05/19/06
What's so interesting about someone with little or no experi...
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You really shouldn't make generalizations like that about a ...
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  05/19/06
Fair enough, I haven't read the book obviously, and I'm cert...
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  05/19/06
No one else has reviewed the book yet. I also don't think...
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  05/19/06
"Written in the form of a blog, Anonymous Lawyer is a s...
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  05/19/06
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  05/19/06
Is Blachman not even at a firm yet? I'm not sure it's re...
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  05/20/06
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  05/20/06
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Date: May 19th, 2006 3:58 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Last night I finished reading my advance copy of “Anonymous Lawyer” by Jeremy Blachman (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0805079815/sr=8-1/qid=1148017317/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-7668054-6021459?%5Fencoding=UTF8 ). The book doesn’t come out until late July, but I figured I’d write the review now while it’s still fresh in my mind. Plus it doesn’t look like anyone else who got an advance copy has written a review yet, so it can’t hurt to be first.

The Short Reviewi:

This is going to be the “One L” for 2Ls, summer associates, and biglaw attorneys. Except it’s funny. Very funny actually. No clue why Amazon has it in the Legal Thriller category – this isn’t a book like “In the Shadow of the Law.” While there obviously is a plot (and the Amazon description sums it up nicely), I think that most people (or at least those with legal backgrounds) are going to read this primarily for the comedy and satire.

The Long Review:

Overall, I’d have to say the book was quite satisfying. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going in – the only thing I knew about the book, other than it being based on the AL blog ( http://anonymouslawyer.blogspot.com ), was that it was written in a very non-traditional format (the entire book is a series of many blog posts and emails without any sort of traditional narration present at all). However, those were my biggest reservations about the book, and based on a lot of the posts on here in the past few months it seems that a lot of people were concerned about that as well… so, I guess I should start by discussing those two points.

I’ll admit, I was very concerned about this when I first read that the book would be written in the form of a blog, and wasn’t sure how it would work in practice. I was nervous that telling the story this way was just some kind of gimmick that wouldn’t serve any real practical purpose. However that didn’t turn out to be the case at all. Although this format may take some getting used to at first, it definitely grows on you, and as you get past the halfway point you’ll begin to realize that telling a story like this through blog posts and email messages can be pretty effective as a literary device. I don’t want to give anything important away, but readers will probably end up appreciating the lack of any sort of unbiased or “neutral” narration in the entire book.

I also know there was a lot of speculation over how much of this book would involve original content, rather than recycled posts from the AL blog. Virtually the entire book is original content. Although a small number of posts from the real AL blog do appear in the novel, most (maybe all) have been revised or changed in some significant way. Furthermore, those posts are usually followed up with emails, which serve to connect the post to the novel’s storyline, and sometimes even improve on the posts themselves by providing additional information. So, the novel isn’t a regurgitation of the blog or anything like that.

Some other random thoughts:

* I really wonder what Michigan administrators, faculty, or students did to piss off Jeremy Blachman. Most of the T14 get bashed at some point, but there must’ve been almost a dozen digs at Michigan.

* Speaking of T14 bashing, AL weighs in on the infamous “Is Chicago better than Stanford?” debate.

* I don’t think the Amazon blurb is accurate when it says that Jeremy “rips away the bland façade of corporate law and offers a telling glimpse inside a frightening world.” I think it’s important to emphasize that this book isn’t some kind of whinefest a la the crap Opinionistas writes. Does AL portray law firm life in a negative light? Of course… however, the book isn’t preachy, and a law student or lawyer reading it won’t get the impression that their lifestyle or career choices are under attack.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to post. I might expand this review later on based on comments.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814622)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:02 AM
Author: lascivious garrison community account

So is there a plot? Characters? Or is just a collection of blog posts?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814633)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:18 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Yeah there definitely is a plot as well as characters. From the Amazon synopsis:

"Meet Anonymous Lawyer—corner office, granite desk, and a billable rate of $675 an hour. The summer is about to start, and he’s got a new crop of law school interns who will soon sign away their lives for a six-figure salary at the firm. But he’s also got a few problems that require his attention. There’s The Jerk, his bitter rival at the firm, who is determined to do whatever it takes to beat him out for the chairman’s job. There’s Anonymous Wife, who is spending his money as fast as he can make it. And there’s that secret blog he’s writing, which is a perverse bit of fun until he gets an e-mail from someone inside the firm who knows he’s its author."

However the plot is told entirely through the blog posts and emails.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814685)





Date: May 22nd, 2006 5:10 AM
Author: Cyan Racy Rigpig Hospital

WHITE GIRLS WITH ASIAN GUYS, MAN. WHITE GIRLS WITH ASIAN GUYS

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5830939)





Date: May 26th, 2006 4:07 AM
Author: Cyan Racy Rigpig Hospital

this girl is a 10

http://img210.imageshack.us/my.php?image=1ast3vd.jpg

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5857562)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:03 AM
Author: Big chapel

ok, THIS is the worst sticky ever.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814638)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:07 AM
Author: Medicated corner really tough guy

FIX THE REGISTRATION!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814646)





Date: May 19th, 2006 5:42 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Fixed.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5817976)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:07 AM
Author: Medicated corner really tough guy

so was he really bashing UMN, or Harvard students, or both?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814648)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:20 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Both UMN and Harvard students get bashed. Probably about 20something schools get bashed by name in the book at some point.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814687)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:20 AM
Author: Medicated corner really tough guy

what does he say about Penn?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814689)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:23 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

You'll have to buy the book to find out the specifics, but it actually wasn't that bad, at least compared to the jokes about other schools. I think Yale was the only T14 to get less bashing.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814699)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:32 AM
Author: Medicated corner really tough guy

are you sure this wasn't a reading based on your own preconceptions? :)

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814729)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:34 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

I'm sure, given that the only reference to Penn was in a sentence where it was mentioned alongside a dozen or so other schools.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814735)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:07 AM
Author: Histrionic self-absorbed area death wish

how did you get an advance copy?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814649)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:22 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

A few popular bloggers, website owners, etc. got sent advance review copies this week.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814693)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:11 AM
Author: Bistre maniacal volcanic crater

is it worth a couple days of my time.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814655)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:22 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Yes.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814694)





Date: May 19th, 2006 9:30 AM
Author: topaz theatre half-breed

Thanks for the advance review. It's cool you finally got something tangible for all your work on this website.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5815031)





Date: May 19th, 2006 12:03 PM
Author: topaz theatre half-breed

Hi Howard Bashman. Enjoy your stay at AutoAdmit.com.

http://howappealing.law.com/051906.html#014673

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5815857)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:39 AM
Author: concupiscible idiot

what does he say about minnesota in the book? can you quote?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814753)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:41 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Without getting into specifics, there's a paragraph comparing Minnesota students to Harvard students. Pretty funny.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814754)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:44 AM
Author: concupiscible idiot

what's the nature of the comparison, if you can't be more specific? Page number so we can look it up when it gets released? thanks

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814763)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:49 AM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

This advance copy isn't the final proof (they're still making changes) so the page numbers might be different.

I really can't say more without ruining the joke. However it should go without saying that AL's opinion of Minnesota is a lot more closely aligned w/ xo than, say, LSD.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814768)





Date: May 19th, 2006 4:13 PM
Author: electric chartreuse university

toilets overflowing with faeces?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5817422)





Date: May 19th, 2006 7:23 AM
Author: Galvanic Domesticated Yarmulke

wtf is a 'laywer'?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5814828)





Date: May 19th, 2006 10:08 AM
Author: kink-friendly heady parlor

Two Points:

1) Your writing style is pretty weak (based solely on your revies in the OP).

2) Fix the username / registration problem

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5815223)





Date: May 28th, 2006 12:44 AM
Author: irradiated demanding temple corn cake

awesomely said

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5867647)





Date: May 19th, 2006 10:12 AM
Author: Wonderful Boiling Water Affirmative Action

So what makes Blachman an authority on anything law related? Don't most of us have more biglaw experience than him?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5815235)





Date: May 19th, 2006 12:04 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

No offense, but does it really matter as long as it's entertaining? It's a novel, not a dissertation.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5815861)





Date: May 19th, 2006 7:41 PM
Author: Spruce casino

Yes, of course it matters--usually people who write satire about a field have significant experience in that field. Blachman has almost none.

From what I've read, most of his "satire" is exceptionally heavy-handed--just a bunch of cliches about a rich, shallow, materalistic, cynical man exploiting a bunch of naive young people. That makes it wholly uninteresting and I think that it can be described as satire only in the very loosest and simplest sense (greedy people are bad, biglaw partners are greedy, etc.).

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818590)





Date: May 19th, 2006 7:45 PM
Author: Spruce casino

Here's an excerpt to illustrate my point:

"I'm not being sarcastic. It's delightful to know that my colleagues at "other big national firms" are wasting slots on students at schools ranked below number 3 in the U.S. News rankings. If only they start offering jobs to women, minorities, students with outside interests, older students with families, students who balanced law school with jobs and thus didn't have time to be on law review, students who screwed up in one of their classes despite being otherwise well-qualified, and students with glasses, I'll have our target demographic all to myself and be able to turn this firm into the powerhouse I know it should be."

This is embarrassingly heavy-handed and thus totally misses the boat as satire.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818611)





Date: May 21st, 2006 10:05 AM
Author: topaz theatre half-breed

It made me smirk. I think someone is missing a sense of humor.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5825879)





Date: May 19th, 2006 7:57 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

I was concerned about this too -- in fact the first couple of pages turned me off at first because I felt that perhaps there was too much exaggeration going on.

However, believe it or not the book eventually acknowledges this very point, and handles it pretty well. One of the benefits of telling the story exclusively through blog posts and email messages is that you can't really tell whether something actually happened as it was described, or if AL really feels a certain way or if he's just acting out a shtick for his readers.

I probably shouldn't get into more detail because I don't want to ruin any plot points or jokes for anyone, but once you hit a certain point in the novel some of the heavy-handedness (both in the novel and in the real blog) makes a lot more sense.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818658)





Date: May 19th, 2006 8:00 PM
Author: Spruce casino

That sounds slightly more interesting, though it seems like reviews of the book haven't picked up on this subtlety ("a fascinating glimpse into the real world of biglaw firms"--ummmm no, it's not)

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818669)





Date: May 19th, 2006 8:06 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

To my knowledge there hasn't been any review of the book written so far except this thread. The Amazon thing isn't a book review, it's just a quote from the book's back cover. I wouldn't pay attention to any of it except the paragraph where it briefly summarizes the plot.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818680)





Date: May 20th, 2006 5:12 PM
Author: Bright 180 Wrinkle

John Grisham has no biglaw experience, yet made billions with "The Firm".

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5822649)





Date: May 19th, 2006 3:28 PM
Author: stimulating site

It comes to end very bizzarely. has anyone understood how we went from a book about the legal profession in to a photo essay of AL the center of a bukkake?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5817156)





Date: May 19th, 2006 3:30 PM
Author: judgmental razzle-dazzle point

First, I love AL and a good review, so I'll go buy it.

Second, I hope a lot of people buy this. 1L improved legal education for us all -- hopefully this can marginally improve firm life.

So glad to hear its not opinionista style whining.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5817166)





Date: May 19th, 2006 6:34 PM
Author: Iridescent Mind-boggling Striped Hyena Abode

I don't usually buy blog books, but that sounds pretty interesting. I think I'll pick it up, if only to see what Jeremy came up with.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818238)





Date: May 19th, 2006 7:58 PM
Author: Spruce casino

What's so interesting about someone with little or no experience at a firm writing a heavy-handed, fictionalized account of an "evil, greedy lawyer"? It's a satire of a profession we have no reason to believe he knows anything about it--his writings seem to mostly be a collection of cliches of the most obvious sort about lawyers (lawyers are rich; lawyers are greedy; lawyers are elitists; lawyers are sexist) awkwardly mashed together to form some kind of obvious, uninteresting narrative.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818662)





Date: May 19th, 2006 8:03 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

You really shouldn't make generalizations like that about a novel you clearly haven't read. The real blog might fit that description, but I wouldn't call the novel a "a heavy-handed, fictionalized account of an "evil, greedy lawyer"" and the book itself is not a "collection of cliches... awkwardly mashed together." While there are times where it does get heavy-handed (or just plain odd), those instances are adequately addressed in the novel, and in fact one of them is actually an important plot point.

Like I said above, this isn't something like Opinionistas would write.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818676)





Date: May 19th, 2006 8:08 PM
Author: Spruce casino

Fair enough, I haven't read the book obviously, and I'm certainly not a regular reader of his blog. If his book does introduce this new element you refer to here, then I'd probably find it a lot more interesting, but I haven't seen that mentioned in any other accounts or reviews of the book (as mentioned above, many of them seem to think they're getting a real and biting account of law firm life, and if they think this, they are quite wrong)

In any case, I'll reserve further judgment until I read the book.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818690)





Date: May 19th, 2006 8:11 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

No one else has reviewed the book yet.

I also don't think anyone would think this is supposed to be a real account of law firm life... I mean, the back of the book explicitly states that "Jeremy Blachman is not a hiring partner at a major law firm" and that he is "a recent graduate of Harvard Law School." I believe the Amazon page says the same thing.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5818696)





Date: May 19th, 2006 10:29 PM
Author: Spruce casino

"Written in the form of a blog, Anonymous Lawyer is a spectacularly entertaining debut that rips away the bland façade of corporate law and offers a telling glimpse inside a frightening world"

Although I haven't read the book, I think I can safely say that it will do nothing of the sort; I realize that you've said not much heed should be paid to the Amazon blurb here, but if this is how Blachman/his publisher have chosen to market the book, it's pretty silly.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5819270)





Date: May 19th, 2006 10:37 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Well you also have to remember that this is being marketed towards a general audience -- while the book won't have any shattering revelations for the typical xo poster, it might be a bit surprising to the average joe who knows little to nothing about biglaw.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5819309)





Date: May 19th, 2006 11:23 PM
Author: Spruce casino

Yes, but that's sort of my point--while it may be surprising to the average joe, it's also likely to be extremely inaccurate, in that the author is not a biglaw attorney, and he seems to heavily rely on cliches and obvious caricatures in his writing. Anyway, if I can find some way to read the book without buying it, I intend to do so and, should my theory bear out, criticize it some more.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5819524)





Date: May 20th, 2006 5:14 PM
Author: Bright 180 Wrinkle

Is Blachman not even at a firm yet?

I'm not sure it's really relevant, though, especially since he almost certainly spent a summer or two at one. That's more exposure than most folks have, including most folks on here.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5822653)





Date: May 20th, 2006 5:43 PM
Author: Slate Sweet Tailpipe

"Is Blachman not even at a firm yet?"

Huh? He's not going to a firm. He, um, got an advance and published a novel.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5822787)





Date: May 20th, 2006 6:38 PM
Author: Spruce casino

Yes, participating in a summer program at a firm permits one to market one's book as an insider's look into the biglaw world, good point.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5823044)





Date: May 21st, 2006 1:47 PM
Author: soul-stirring sable marketing idea school cafeteria

i kind of think it does. it's a lot more inside than most of the world will ever be.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5826552)





Date: May 22nd, 2006 4:58 AM
Author: Bright 180 Wrinkle

TC.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5830930)





Date: May 23rd, 2006 1:17 AM
Author: soul-stirring sable marketing idea school cafeteria

TC?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5835973)





Date: May 24th, 2006 12:15 AM
Author: Spruce casino

Yes, but that's true of many other people, like the paralegal or the mail courier or someone who gets off on the wrong floor and stumbles into a law office--I still think all these things, including summer associate, are far, far from a position in which you could consider yourself not only an insider, but an insider capable of "exposing" the world of biglaw partners.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5842162)





Date: May 20th, 2006 5:16 PM
Author: Bright 180 Wrinkle

Just a thought, but it would seem that books of this style should also be marketed as e-books -- they could open up actual explorer & e-mail windows to hit the blog and e-mail portions, thus perhaps making it more involving for the reader.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5822657)





Date: May 20th, 2006 9:39 PM
Author: razzmatazz jet milk dragon

gee what a fucking surprise that you give it such a great review. tell us GTO, how much are they paying you to advertise this book all over your website?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5823683)





Date: May 21st, 2006 2:05 AM
Author: Blathering passionate pit macaca

Snape kills Dumbledore

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5825383)





Date: May 21st, 2006 12:20 PM
Author: Mint Boyish Stead Partner

one of the most hilarious things I've read on this site in months.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5826256)





Date: May 21st, 2006 7:05 PM
Author: Flesh Shrine
Subject: response

Hey there. Probably against my better judgment, I figured I'd chime in. Definitely against my better judgment, nt: if you e-mail me your name and address (use a pseudonym for your name, send from an anonymous e-mail, I don't care), I'll have my publisher send you an advance copy of the book. If you're going to criticize the book, that's fine, but I'd rather you at least give it a chance first.

I'll feel stupid if this encourages people to post negative stuff merely to get me to send them a free book, so consider this a one-time thing, and I'll make up for it by sending out two free books to the first two people who send me a well-intentioned idea for how to get some early buzz going about the book. On this thread or e-mailing me directly is fine, just mention this post in the e-mail so I know.

If you can't find my e-mail address elsewhere, anonymouslawyer2004-at-yahoo will work fine.

Oh, and GTO can speak to this, but besides the free advance book, I haven't paid him anything. His positive review was nice, but I had no reason to expect it wouldn't have just as easily been a negative one.

I'm away this weekend and stealing time on a friend's computer, but I'll check back in Monday night and I'll be happy to answer questions about the book or anything like that.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5828087)





Date: May 21st, 2006 7:56 PM
Author: motley stag film roommate

Did this board and the psychopathic T14 biglaw gunners in any way inspire the AL blog or AL book?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5828234)





Date: May 21st, 2006 8:56 PM
Author: Hot space

An imposter!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5828497)





Date: May 21st, 2006 9:53 PM
Author: Spruce casino

If you'll notice, I haven't criticized your book; I've criticized your blog and questioned the way the book is marketed, with the disclaimers that I am not a regular reader of your blog and I obviously haven't read the book.

Thanks for the offer. I'm considering it, and I'll let you know.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5828819)





Date: May 21st, 2006 10:17 PM
Author: soul-stirring sable marketing idea school cafeteria

dude! do it!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5828903)





Date: May 24th, 2006 7:51 PM
Author: mildly autistic infuriating public bath nowag

Jesus Christ. this is the poorest book review I have ever seen in my life. Learn to fucking write!

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5847436)





Date: May 28th, 2006 4:12 PM
Author: splenetic fiercely-loyal stage

Jew contracts with publisher to market book. Book fails. K enforceable?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5869841)





Date: June 8th, 2006 12:29 PM
Author: soul-stirring sable marketing idea school cafeteria

i think it is time for this sticky to pass gently into the great xoxo archive in the sky

in fact, i think this is true of most or all of the stickies currently hanging enormous up at the top of the board like an enflamed goiter

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5938490)





Date: June 8th, 2006 2:02 PM
Author: Bronze nibblets

bump

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#5939134)





Date: June 18th, 2006 12:10 PM
Author: jade vigorous hissy fit

Can someone tell me the name of the relatively recent novel about biglaw life? I believe it was written by a Stanford student.

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#6012473)





Date: June 18th, 2006 12:15 PM
Author: Duck-like bateful step-uncle's house trump supporter

Double Billing?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#6012499)





Date: June 23rd, 2006 6:41 PM
Author: Slate Sweet Tailpipe

In the Shadow of the Law?

(http://www.autoadmit.com/thread.php?thread_id=419229&forum_id=2#6055813)