CRAZY PEOPLE IN COURT presents a Judge’s look at the variety of interesting mental disorders and persons one finds in those “magnets of humanity”, America’s courtrooms. Shakespeare’s Hamlet told his friend, “There are more things in heaven and earth l than are dreamt of in your philosophy, Horatio.” Similarly, there are stranger persona in Judge Coates’ world than a reader may have experienced. This book is therefore an exploration, an adventure. And Judge Coates makes it fun - because, for Judge Coates, the serious business of justice is also great fun. Delightful! He has said: “My IQ is not high enough for me to get bored.” Try out Sergeant Major Ninja. Or, Reefer Bob. Or Randorino who buried his dead mother in the back yard and collected her Social Security. Or the veteran who lost a fight with a police horse. Or, the genius attorney in “I Believe I’ll Have a Drink.” And kicking the book off, we find Judge Coates’ own Story. Check it out.
Poets, philosophers, scientists, musicians, artists, presidents, mystics, activists, academics, and others rub shoulders here and give us the benefit of their hard-earned wisdom, breakthroughs, breakdowns, bad choices, sudden illuminations, and lightning wit. Sharing some of life's most important lessons are William Blake and Bruce Lee, Abraham Lincoln and Lorrie Moore, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Terence McKenna, René Magritte and St. Teresa of Avila, Zelda Fitzgerald and James Baldwin, and hundreds more.
Neatly arranged into topics that everyone wonders about, this inspirational volume is filled with rousing insights and challenging thoughts that will appeal to anyone who is searching, anyone who doesn't fit in, anyone who questions the way things are . . . which is to say, everyone.
*Previously published as Flash Wisdom, 9781609259730