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At 81, Harvard’s highest-profile emeritus has chosen to close out his life anticly and frantically suing everyone in sight. And in return getting sued.

Like his doubles in desuetude, Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, he has long been a naughty boy, a game-player, a rule-breaker, and he intends to go down swinging as the rule of law catches up with him. But as he is very old, his punches aren’t landing. He and his doubles are hollow men.

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when 
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless

Observers try to capture the convoluted farce Alan Dershowitz has made of his life:

[E]very argument he makes creates even worse fallout: Don’t just deny… demand they sue you! Then get sued. Don’t just litigate the case… get [David] Boies kicked off! End up facing [brilliant litigator] Chuck Cooper. Don’t just claim [Virginia] Giuffre’s mistaken [about your sexual crimes]… accuse Boies of blackmailing you! Get sued by Boies.

He might have quietly settled various cases against him; he might have retreated to Martha’s Vineyard, as the lights dimmed, with a little dignity. Instead, this bizarre American figure, this deflated pop-up doll, keeps trying to pop. We cannot help watching him. And his doubles.

Here we go round the prickly pricks
Prickly pricks prickly pricks
Here we go round the prickly pricks
At five o’clock in the morning.


UPDATE: Portrait of a man drowning.

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4 Responses to “How do you want to go out?”

  1. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    Or Edward Albee.

    The names almost scan.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Ravi: Yes. Everyone falls apart as they get very old, but few are undergoing the process as publicly as Dershowitz.

  3. theprofessor Says:

    I am mystified at what you find so credible in her account, UD. She won’t (apparently) even commit to a year, let alone a month or day. So far, the mountains of evidence we have been promised have not amounted even to an ant-hill.

  4. Margaret Soltan Says:

    tp: It is always possible that this woman, and Sarah Ransome, are lying through their teeth, and that David Boies is a “villain,” and that Alan Dershowitz spent years as Epstein’s rather close buddy and legal defender and had no idea he was a sex trafficker, and took absolutely no advantage of the young women he had all over the place. I’m certainly keeping my mind open. Here’s Jonathan Turley on the latest developments.

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