I read an interview of Judge Frank Easterbrooke. He talked about Judge Ruggero Aldisert’s book Opinion Writing. he said that it was worth reading because it contains so many valuable nuggets on the fundamentals of good legal writing. For example, I learned to hate footnotes after reading this book. If an argument is important, leave it in the text of the opinion or brief. Footnotes should only be used as a last resort when certain content would disrupt the flow of a sentence. More to the point, Judge Aldisert relayed one of his favorite jokes about footnotes: the man who stops and reads a footnote is the same man who would answer a knock on his bedroom door on his wedding night.