January 15, 2009

"The Surpassing Significance of Herring."

For the annals of ludicrous headlines.

19 comments:

former law student said...

I thought this would be about a Dana Sobel book.

Henry said...

The Unbearable Lightness of Herring was Milan Kundera's diet book.

A spinoff.

former law student said...

Sorry, Dava Sobel

Henry said...

Or a sequel to this.

siyeh pass said...

I thought it was about Ma Baensch's pickled herring. I love that stuff. Boy, was I wrong.

Simon said...

Even if Tom is correct about the impact of Herring on a case similar to Randolph, that isn't going to be very persuasive to those of us who think Randolph was a mistake, because the upshot will be a marginal limitation on the practical effect of a misguided doctrinal step.

Meanwhile, Orin Kerr thinks Tom's point is overheated.

former law student said...

Thanks, Henry. Cod was the book I was trying to remember.

Henry said...

Thanks, Henry. Cod was the book I was trying to remember.

Funny. It was your mention of Dava Sobel that made me think of it.

John Burgess said...

Cod is a far inferior book to The Founding Fish, by John McPhee, which concerns itself with shad.

I'll leave a comparison of the fish to the diner. Both are great in my book!

Henry said...

McPhee certainly has a better knack with titles than Kurlansky. I'll look that one up.

former law student said...

which concerns itself with shad.

Shad is far too bony to eat, so why concern yourself with it? On the other hand, cod is delicious, and dried cod is a Mediterranean staple food.

Original George said...
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Original George said...

Ebullient Ella effervescently enunciates:

Electric eels, I might add, do it,
Though it shocks 'em, I know.
Why ask if shad do it - Waiter, bring me shad roe.

former law student said...

Waiter, bring me Shadrach, Meshach, & Abednego

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6r1baNdgImo

ricpic said...

If, on top of a deliberate error, a negligent error were enough to trigger the exclusionary rule wouldn't that put police and the FBI at a tremendous disadvantage vis-a-vis terrorists?

chickenlittle said...

Are you implying it wasn't read?

Tibore said...

"You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest... WITH... A HERRING!"

John Burgess said...

While salt cod wasn't a staple in my part of (western) Massachusetts, I've come to love it, perhaps even favoring it over fresh cod.

But shad, bones or not, has mighty virtues. You have to take time cleaning it and it calls for some special cooking techniques, though. I actually prefer the fish to the roe. Very few restaurants actually cook it properly. And I can't cook it properly myself!

Nichevo said...

fls: "Shad is far too bony to eat, so why concern yourself with it? "

May Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin jump up and down on you till your eyes pop out. (Mind you, Nero could handle it but Archie is his dawg and will never be far behind.)

Why concern yourself? Barbarian.