So classes are finally over. I've finished grading and my summer writing projects are staring me in the face. I've been working on an article about filmed confessions and autobiographical film, thinking through the similarities and differences, and how the contrast might illuminate criminal justice norms. I happened to be at a wedding this past weekend where I was seated next to the film critic David Denby, who writes for the New Yorker. I was humbled to be in the presence of what I considered a true film guru. I have always admired his writing (about film as well as other things, see his Great Books, for example). Talking with him about film (we spoke mostly about the new film Road to Guantanamo) made me ache for a writing voice more like his. Why don't academics write more popular pieces, shorter articles, that get to the point faster, are just as insightful and detailed, demonstrate acuity of mind and are read and understood by more than just a handful of other clubmembers? I don't do it now because I don't have tenure, and I want tenure. Tenure requirements don't include (in fact, I think they may all but explicitly discourage) popular press pieces. But law professors more and more are public intellectuals (or try to be) – writing op-ed pieces on a regular basis, writing more popular books (or trying to). What would be the harm if professors -- in the legal field or elsewhere -- were more engaged with the popular media? Would the "intellectual endeavor" of our fields suffer? Would the "discipline" in which we engage loose its rigor?