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Gray Lady Bowdler: The Continuing Saga of the Crimson Spot

Green Bag Almanac and Reader, pp. 563-574, 2012

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-08

13 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011 Last revised: 13 Jan 2012

Ross E. Davies

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty; The Green Bag

Date Written: February 9, 2011

Abstract

This is a short, true story about the Green Bag versus the New York Times, two periodicals doing their best according to their respective lights to serve their respective readerships. The story is told for the most part through recent email correspondence between, on one side, a variety of Times editors and, on the other side, one Green Bag editor. Reasonable minds might differ about the relative merits of the positions taken and the practices followed by the two periodicals and their spokespeople, but no reasonable person could deny the entertainment value of some of their exchanges. Those exchanges are reproduced in chronological order, starting on the next page. But first, a small dose of background...

Keywords: Andrew Pincus, Bulfinch’s Mythology, Eugene Volokh, Huckleberry, Lady Macbeth, Lask, Mark Twain, Michiko Kakutani, Safire, Stephen, Thomas, William Shakespeare

Suggested Citation

Davies, Ross E., Gray Lady Bowdler: The Continuing Saga of the Crimson Spot (February 9, 2011). Green Bag Almanac and Reader, pp. 563-574, 2012; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 11-08. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1758989

Ross E. Davies (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

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