I had just finished listening to Notorious RBG when news broke of Antonin Scalia’s death, and I’m glad for it, because I had a much more nuanced reaction than I would have had without the benefit of the insider knowledge Carmon and Knizhnik provide about the unlikely friendship between outspoken Reagan appointee Scalia and surprise feminist icon Ginsburg. It would have been much easier to write Scalia off as a blowhard conservative (which part of me still believes he was), but clearly RBG saw something in her colleague, because they were good friends despite their frequent and vehement disagreements on the law.
I’m increasingly drawn to non-fiction for my audio reading, particularly books that focus on people who have lived extraordinary lives, and RBG has certainly done that. I was both amazed and frustrated to learn how hard she had to work to get where she is—and she still comes up against doubters and naysayers, even after all these years of proving herself. Although I could never match her passion for the law or relentless work ethic, I enjoyed reading about them, in much the same way I'd enjoy a book about an ultramarathoner. It left me with a feeling of, “Wow, I would never in a million years want to live my life that way, but I'm so glad you have!”