Tuttle in the Balance

A Novel

For a painless lesson in constitutional theory for the layman, underscoring the “lay,” you’ve got to read this book.
—Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, Harvard Law School

 

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When God Isn't Green

A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practice and Environmentalism Collide

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Praise for The Odd Clauses in Slate

Calling it “freakishly prescient” (maybe the nicest thing anyone’s ever said about one of my books) and “a vital guide to . . . formerly ignored constitutional nooks and crannies.”  Full piece...

Some Great New Publicity for When God Isn’t Green

My new book, When God Isn’t Green: A World-Wide Journey to Places Where Religious Practices and Environmentalism Collide, was released last Tuesday, March 15th, and it has gotten some really nice publicity so far.  Here’s a sampling: The Daily Beast ran an excerpt from the chapter on palm forests in Guatemala and Mexico for Palm Sunday. A nice review from MacLean’s Magazine in Canada. Another great review from Foreword. I did this show with Uprising Radio in Los Angeles, which was really fun (more radio is also on the...

Events, Events, Events

This next month is going to be busy, with lots of reading and discussion events.  Here’s the list so far: March 21st  Brookline Booksmith, Discussion of When God Isn’t Green, 7pm March 28th  Boston University School of Law, When God Isn’t Green Mini-Symposium, 12:45-2 (featuring commentary by Paul Horwitz, John Nagle, and Sarah Schindler) March 30th  Kramerbooks, Washington DC, Discussion of When God Isn’t Green, 6:30 pm April 5th  Georgetown Law School, Washington DC, panel discussion about writing about the Supreme Court, 5:30 pm (moderated by Tony Mauro, guests include Irin Carmon, Anthony Franze, David Lat, and Kim Roosevelt) April 21st  NYU Bookstore, New York City, Discussion of When God Isn’t Green, 6pm May 2nd  Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Rochester NY Chapter, talk about Our Non-Christian Nation, time TBA I hope you can make it if you live nearby one of these places.  It would be great to see you and maybe drink some Jameson with you from a red plastic cup. ...

Super Duper Review of WGIG on Publishers Weekly

Not starred, but still pretty nice.  Full review is here. Boston University law professor Wexler offers a highly entertaining and eye-opening look at situations where freedom of religion and environmental protection clash. From harvesting palms in Guatemala and Mexico for Palm Sunday to the massive burnings of joss in Singapore, Wexler portrays both sides of the debate as sympathetic and deserving of fair treatment. . . .Though he directs this work mainly toward governments and nongovernment organizations, religious and secular readers alike will find much to enjoy and appreciate in this fascinating...

Tuttle Q&A With David Lat at Above the Law

Over at Above the Law you can find an interview I did about Tuttle in the Balance with the incomparable David Lat, whose book Supreme Ambitions is a great read about an ambitious clerk and the ambitious judge she works for.  The Q&A, in which I admit to not being able to play the E chord on the ukulele to save my life, is...

Judge Posner Calls Tuttle a “Comic Masterpiece”

The great Judge Richard A. Posner of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently read Tuttle in the Balance (as a cat lover, apparently he was moved to read the book initially because someone told him that Tuttle keeps a cat in his chambers) and loved it.  Here is the review he wrote on Amazon: Tuttle in the Balance is a comic masterpiece, fast-paced, hilarious, worthy of Evelyn Waugh, P.G.Wodehouse, or Kingsley Amis. A pungent satire of the Supreme Court, it manages to persuade the reader that the job of a Supreme Court Justice can be really boring, that the Court’s decisions often have little to do with “law” in the conventional sense–that as Justice Tuttle, the protagonist, says at one point: “I never liked constitutional law. It’s barely law at all, in my view. It’s just politics, filtered through a few vague phrases in an old document written by people who couldn’t possibly fathom what the world is like today”–all of which is true. The book has everything–fisticuffs in the Court’s conference room (recalling the fisticuffs in the War Room in Dr. Strangelove), a midlife crisis, sex, booze, gambling in Atlantic City casinos, a car crash, bemused law clerks, a Justice Scalia look-alike, an unlikable female Chief Justice, and–not least–three cats, all in major roles. A movie can be expected. Anyone who is familiar with Posner’s judicial philosophy will recognize quite a bit of it in Tuttle’s dislike of constitutional law, so this endorsement is especially...

National Law Journal Lists Tuttle as One of Ten Books for the Supreme Court Aficionado in Your Life

In a piece for its Supreme Court Brief, which is by subscription only, Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal lists Tuttle in the Balance as one of ten books for the Supreme Court Aficionado in your life.  He says: What would happen if a swing-vote justice suddenly suffered a serious midlife crisis? That’s the premise of Tuttle in the Balance, a funny novel by Wexler, a former clerk to Ginsburg.  After divorce and a rejuvenated sex life, Justice Ed Tuttle finds himself bored on the bench, seeking thrills in all the wrong places. It’s improbable, for sure, but the court details are accurate and readers will find themselves eager to learn how it all turns...

The AV Club Recommends Getting Tuttle for the Veep fan in Your Life

The AV Club’s “Gift Guide for Procrastinators” has some nice things to say about Tuttle in the Balance, which it lists as being a good choice for the Veep fan in your life: Penned by a Boston University law professor and former Supreme Court clerk, Tuttle In The Balance offers a goofy and fundamentally human take on one of the nation’s top government figures that’s likely to appeal to those who prefer political humor to political drama. During the course of Wexler’s debut novel, the titular fictional Supreme Court justice helps a woman steal her dog’s ashes, gets punched by the chief justice after drunkenly attempting to hook up with her, and provokes a brawl in chambers by responding to a pontificating conservative judge by chirping like a bird. Along with the laughs, it also delivers some solid musings on success, friendship, and aging. This is the first time I’ve seen Tuttle publicly compared to Veep, and it makes me happy not only because I love Veep but also because I’ve always thought Tuttle could be made into a television show like Veep.  So, umm,...