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In the latest edition of After Hours: Jeremy Blachman skewers the legal world in his Anonymous Lawyer blog, book, and possible TV deal. Also, why sports metaphors fail to hit ‘em out of the park, and what happens when war becomes a fiasco.
The Anonymous Antihero First it was a Web site, then a book, and now Jeremy Blachman may have a TV series based on a mythical law firm from hell. by Alexia Garamfalvi
Of Alligators and Sun-Baked Depravity Paul Levine, the one-time Miami journalist and big-firm lawyer, has gone Hollywood. But he still writes Florida — comic Florida legal thrillers, to be precise. His rapid-fire Solomon vs. Lord series has earned him a rightful place in the upper tier of Florida mystery writers. by Tony Mauro
Do You Slam Dunk Out in Left Field? Our society, as we know, is obsessed with sports. We call our successes home runs and our failures strikeouts. But as a fan of both sports and language, I’m bothered by the number of sports expressions that are off base. Way off base. by Gunnar Birgisson
When War Becomes a Fiasco Critiques of President George W. Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq have only increased attention to Thomas Ricks’ new book, Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, which details the period leading up to, and, according to Ricks, the ultimate failure of, the war. by Anna Palmer
Tales of Death, DNA, And Discovery Two new books on forensic research show just how hard it is to solve a murder in 30 minutes. by Steve Weinberg

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