The Onion‘s Mike Gillis on writing a brief for the US Supreme Court

NPR interviews The Onion‘s head writer, Mike Gillis, on writing an amicus curiae brief for the US Supreme Court that outlines the importance of parody. “He wrote most of the arguments and jokes, then The Onion‘s lawyers bulked it up with legal precedent and historical context in what he called ‘an extremely collaborative process.’

‘I think because the draft itself was trying to make an argument for why parody is a really powerful form … we thought it made more sense for us to kind of make the brief itself an example of why this thing is worth defending, and why parody is really interesting and grabs people’s attention,’ he adds.”

Read more, including the brief Gillis and The Onion‘s lawyers wrote, here. (Thanks, Brian!)

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