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Welcome to the website of composer and lyricist Derrick Wang, creator of the opera Scalia/Ginsburg.

Ginsburg with a “U”

Ginsburg with a “U”

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give someone is to spell her name correctly.

Thus, on the occasion of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s birthday, here is a handy mnemonic device for spelling her last name:

Position, first name, and last name all contain the same vowel.

  • Thus, if you write about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, use the letter u.
  • By contrast, if you write about poet Allen Ginsberg, use the letter e.

N.B. Justice Scalia also had a birthday this past week. Although his last name seems less frequently misspelled than Justice Ginsburg’s, opera-lovers* should nevertheless take this opportunity to ensure that their autocorrect does not confuse “Scalia” (the Justice) with “La Scala” (the opera house).

*Who no doubt already know the spelling of “Antonin” from the composer of Rusalka.

Stanford Arts Initiative & Stanford Law co-present ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ event May 13

Stanford Arts Initiative & Stanford Law co-present ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’ event May 13

VIDEO: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer reacts to Derrick Wang’s opera ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’

VIDEO: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer reacts to Derrick Wang’s opera ‘Scalia/Ginsburg’