10 Questions for Sonia Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on séances, affirmative action and plastic-covered couches

David Johnson for TIME

My Beloved World is very personal. Why did you write it?
I realized that people had an unreal image of me, that somehow I was a god on Mount Olympus. I decided that if I were going to make use of my role as a Supreme Court Justice, it would be to inspire people to realize that first, I was just like them, and second, if I could do it, so could they.

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