June 14, 2005

What a Difference Seven Months Make

by PG

Last fall, I posted about the horrors of the Bluebook as though it would be the one thing that might keep me from graduating. Just now I received an e-mail from a member of my journal's board, which said in part

Second, we are changing our style to match the Bluebook, smallcaps and all. As you probably realize, this is great news and will make everyone's lives much easier. There is a brand new edition of the Bluebook available. We will be ordering a few copies for the office, although I'm sure you are all rushing out to buy your own copies the instant you read this.
Tragically, I am. I suppose it's not so much the passage of time as the sinking-in of the realization that I cannot defeat the Bluebook and so I had better embrace the Eighteenth Edition -- now with coherent internet citation! If we are going to have to start editing articles for next February's conference this summer, I had better have the bludgeon in hand. Though this is the first pang I have over choosing a specialty journal and ignoring whatever chance I may have had at law review: presumably as CLR helped to edit the damn thing, they get free copies. But who at Harvard Law Rreview actually has to do the work of sending them out? Surely not the august staffers themselves, though that might account for "Please be aware that it may be several days before your order is shipped, regardless of Next Day Air, Next Day Air Saver, or Second Day Air."

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Sadly, I was unable to acquire the Eighteenth Edition before leaving town, and by the time I arrived here at the firm, they'd already handed out all of the available copies. So, here I sit, waiting, wanting.

Posted by: wingsandvodka at June 14, 2005 11:56 AM

I think I found an error already. Look at pp. 378-379. Shouldn't the entry for "table [s]" on p. 379 be in blue, according to the explanation for T.16 on page 378?

In a related question, shouldn't I be working instead of worrying about this?

Posted by: wingsandvodka at June 14, 2005 04:02 PM

The Bluebook is such a scam. Every few years they change a few of their rules, seemingly for no other purpose than to require the purchase of a new Bluebook.

Posted by: Tom T. at June 14, 2005 07:30 PM

That totally sucks. I just bought my Bluebook like two months ago. Meh. Meh, I say!

(I might like the Bluebook a tiny bit better if they hadn't taught us citations from ALWD).

Posted by: Ruth at June 14, 2005 08:16 PM

I'm working for a professor for $12/hr (before taxes), so no free Bluebook here. Will report back when I get one.

Ruth, I seduced a member of Law Review to get two free copies of the last Bluebook, but I'm at a different law school at the moment and haven't been able to figure out which of the geeks in the library is a LR member.

Posted by: PG at June 15, 2005 11:09 AM

I never once had to touch a bluebook in law school (either the citation one, or any of the things in which the laptopless handwrite exams). I laugh at y'all.

OK, so Maroonbook is sui generis. But why doesn't everyone adopt ALWD? Is there some pervasive aversion to simplicity in this profession?

Posted by: JCA at June 15, 2005 11:40 AM

Waaaah! I made a witty comment about possibly seducing members of TRL, but it got eaten when I tried to post. Now I can't quite remember the comic genius.

*kicks movable type... or the server... or whatever ate my comment*

Posted by: Ruth at June 15, 2005 09:00 PM
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