Posts Tagged ‘Fiction’

In response to some recent comments and tweets, no, Supreme Ambitions is not dead. But yes, it has been on extended hiatus (not unlike the Supreme Court itself, which takes off for the entire summer).

I do plan on finishing the story, which I already have fully outlined (even if not yet written). But I’m mulling over different possible approaches to doing so.

In any event, I thank everyone for their patience and their interest!

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Greetings. It’s David Lat here, not Audrey Coyne. I just wanted to make a few quick administrative announcements.

First, two months and 16 installments (no longer “chapters”) into this project, I’d like to thank everyone for reading and for posting so many excellent comments. So far it has been a very interesting and enjoyable experience. I appreciate all of the feedback, both critical and complimentary, as well as the great fact-checking (and policing of typos)….


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Call me Audrey. I am a lawyer, so I will begin with disclaimers and disclosures.

First, I am a lawyer, not a poet. My prose is clear and intelligent, but workmanlike. The story I’m about to tell should hold your attention, since it is compelling and true. Indeed, everything set forth in these pages is substantially true, and within the truth; I wouldn’t be taking the time to share these recollections if I didn’t think they would interest anyone or provide useful information to those who might follow in my footsteps. But if you’re looking for lyrical passages that will make your heart stir, look elsewhere.


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“What’s new?”

“What are you working on these days?”

“What’s next for you?”

Questions like these, often posed with the best of intentions, fill me with anxiety. The implication of such queries is that I, as a (relatively) young and ambitious professional, should have something novel and exciting to boast about in response. But I don’t really — which is why I find them so oppressive.

I’ve had the same job, running the legal website Above the Law, for more than six years. I’ve lived in the same apartment for more than four years. I’ve been in the same relationship for almost three years. And I’m happy about all of these things.

But the implication of “What’s new?” or “What’s next?” is that these things are not enough (even if they are enough for me, and even if they make me happy). I am supposed to be richer, more famous, and more fabulous. And if I’m not, well, then I need to be more ambitious. Supremely ambitious.

Hence this project, which I have dubbed Supreme Ambitions.


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