1 Clinical L. Rev. 9 (1994-1995)
Telling Stories and Stories about Them

handle is hein.journals/clinic1 and id is 17 raw text is: TELLING STORIES AND
STORIES ABOUT THEM
ANTHONY G. AMSTERDAM*
1.
The new journal came cantertrotgallumphing down the road and
the old clinician sitting with his back against the way-sign watched it
come. Or maybe lurchhoploping. The thing had six wobbly legs, as
though they'd nailed three editors underneath, and it had heads stick-
ing out on all sides like artichokes on a stalk or law teachers on an
advisory board. Even at this distance, the oldster could hear one head
shout out, Isn't that a marvelous sight! and another hollered, Yes!
and he could see that they were looking at different things, and he had
to admire how the heads had been put on at different angles so their
lines of vision wouldn't overlap and they could agree. Whoever had
designed the journal had survived a lot of faculty meetings.
. Anyway, this was manifestly some kind of new contraption. New
contraptions were not what the old clinician needed. Not now. He
had come to sit and think, and not about new things.
The weathered stele was cool and comforting behind his shoul-
der blades, with its inscribed directions still deep-cut despite its age.
He had not read them. It had been dark when he came here, and
now he wanted only to pursue his thoughts.
So, naturally, the journal jerkscreechslammed to a stop directly
in front of him. Let's talk, it said. Oh, shit, he said.
I have a question to ask you.
Don't.
You must answer my question. It is a riddle. Fail to answer the
riddle and you cannot proceed upon your journey.
I'm not on a journey. You're the one who's on a journey. I
should be asking you riddles. What's the use of all those eyes if you
don't see the most obvious appearances?
The most obvious appearances may be the most deceiving. I see
more than you think. I can see right through you. Would you like me
to tell you what the stele behind you says?
Never mind that. Just ask your question.
* Judge Edward Weinfeld Professor of Law and Director of the Lawyering Program,
New York University School of Law.

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