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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Getting New Biography

‘Notorious R.B.G.’ reflects Supreme Court justice’s Internet popularity

Stephanie Butnick
January 07, 2015
Notorious R.B.G. T-shirt. (Look Human)
Notorious R.B.G. T-shirt. (Look Human)

Supreme Court Justice and Internet superstar Ruth Bader Ginsburg—or rather, Notorious R.B.G., as the 81-year-old is known online these days—is getting a new biography. Notorious R.B.G.: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be co-written by Shana Knizhnik, the NYU law student behind the brilliant Notorious R.B.G. Tumblr that sparked Ginsburg’s recent rise to Internet celebrity, and MSNBC reporter (and Tablet contributor) Irin Carmon.

“As the court has moved to the right and undone a lot of what R.B.G. and her generation fought for, she has let loose in a way that really resonates online, where people are frustrated about many of the same things,” Carmon told The Cut, describing precisely why Ginsburg’s online popularity has been so refreshing. She is the female role model we’ve been looking for, and she’s been here all along.

Ginsburg’s embrace of her Internet celebrity—once her law clerks explained who Notorious B.I.G. was—has been even more delightful. She has a bunch of the Notorious R.B.G. T-shirts, of course, which she likes to gift to friends. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the best.

Notorious R.B.G.: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be published in Fall 2015.

Stephanie Butnick is chief strategy officer of Tablet Magazine, co-founder of Tablet Studios, and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.