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Sherlock Holmes

I spent a few months this spring reading every Sherlock Holmes story – the short and the long, the westerns and the urban, the good and the bad. Simultaneously, I watched all eight seasons of the mystery comedy “Monk.” And here’s what the geniuses (genii) had in common, and what I want to nurture in myself: They ask, “What does that mean?”

They see meaning in kinks in blind drawstrings and scratches on a watch, but I’m not aiming for that yet. What I aspire to is noticing how ideas and cases and precedent intersect and interact. As I begin my legal studies, I want to constantly be asking “…and what does that mean? How does it fit with what I already know?”

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