Andrew, I really, really enjoyed reading this post. Silberman is correct that RBG broke some china. But, it was only a teacup or two. But Scalia was also known for some very public china breaking himself. And, of course, there is Posner too. We could throw in Judge Bennett and Judge Kane and me too. Do judges like RBG or Scalia or Posner and others write and speak publicly ’cause they grave attention or because they are truly endeavoring to educate and also let the public see through the misty mystic of judging? My view is that it is probably a bit of both. I have a rule of thumb (which I frequently break) when I write for public consumption. It is: Make an effort to know your motivation. If you have ever seen a top-flight therapist (as I have and do now), you learn the mind will never allow you to fully understand why you do what you do. But, you also learn that trying to honestly assess your motivation is worth the effort anyway. So, if I were so bold as to give advice to RBG (and others), it would be this. It is OK to keep breaking the china, but please ask yourself why you are doing so. All the best. RGK PS Is this both “awkward” and too much information?