"Picture a law written by James Joyce and edited by e.e. cummings," wrote Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in a January ruling in a Medicare case.Link. I assume the judge thinks he has said something erudite. In fact I think he has proven that he didn't like English class very much. Had he paid attention, he would have learned that (though there are plenty of impenetrable passages) the best parts of Joyce are at least as lucid as, say, the New Yorker (private message to the judge: go read "The Dead"). And the only difficult part of Cummings is trying to figure why he left out the capitals. Anyway, these days Cummings is pretty much junior high school stuff and I doubt the preteens would get equal enjoyment out of the Medicare statutes.