13 Things We Learned From The New York Magazine Interview With Justice Antonin Scalia

On Sunday night, New York magazine published Jennifer Senior’s lengthy interview with conservative firebrand Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. He talks about a lot — from Duck Dynasty to his legacy and from gay rights to the Devil.

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1. Scalia is down with flogging, constitutionally speaking:

2. There are “some intelligent reasons” men and women should be treated differently:

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3. Scalia just can’t handle The Washington Post anymore:

4. Although he suspects he has homosexual friends, Scalia says none have come out to him:

5. Even Scalia agrees that Justice Anthony Kennedy has become “the Thurgood Marshall of gay rights”:

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) talks with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia during the Inaugural Luncheon in Statuary Hall after U.S. President Barack Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 21, 2013.

6. Everyone is using the F-word — “including, you know, ladies” — Scalia says:

7. Who would want Facebook friends? Not Scalia:

8. Scalia loved fighting with Justice John Paul Stevens in opinions:

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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is followed by Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as they arrive for the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington Jan. 21, 2013.

9. When it comes to pop culture, Duck Dynasty and Seinfeld are the tops:

10. The Devil is smart:

11. Scalia writes dissents for law students:

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12. He’s glad the court is paying more attention to the text of statutes now:

13. But, at the end of the day, he doesn’t care if history views him as being wrong:

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
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