Four and a half hour delay on a cross country flight. So tired. And then it’s so late that ground transportation was… tetchy. Or sketchy. Possibly the fatigue poisons are confusing me, since I didn’t get to bed until after 6 am internal time. Working on 10th hour of conference on 3 hours sleep. Poor poor pitiful me!
I am having incredible SV nostalgia based on sisabet’s Bad Romance. Lex Luthor doesn’t want to be friends! I’m looking forward to the SV prompts for Eight Crazy Nights.
hollywoodgrrl’s Boom Boom Pow for Fringe: why you should watch Fringe, because it is awesome. There are a lot of explosions! And grim X-Files stuff! And Olivia laying down the law!
dualbunny’s If I Had You is great fun. As someone on my reading list said: Legend of the Seeker m/m: who knew it existed? And yes, Richard is just about as pretty as Kahlan and Cara.
Milly’s Party in the Midlands (also LoTS)—hilarious! Kahlan nods her head and moves her hips like yeah.
Ruben Bolling, All I Ever Needed to Know I Learned from My Golf-Playing Cats: A collection of Tom the Dancing Bug cartoons that I ordered because Amazon said it was the one with the Harvey Richards, Lawyer for Children cartoons; unfortunately they don’t all seem to be in this volume, and the other recurring characters (boring guy whose life is boring, little kid who dreams big, detective who dies, and so on) didn’t amuse me.
Margaret Mahy, The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance: Got this because of a favorable review on my reading list: Laura is a teenager in New Zealand living with her mother and little brother; when a mystical baddie threatens her brother’s life, she turns to a school prefect known to be a witch, Sorry Carlisle, and negotiates her growing attraction to him along with her struggle over her own supernatural abilities. To me, the book felt very much of its time (1984), with Laura as one of those preternaturally calm and wise teenagers who holds things together after her parents’ divorce; all the action is muted. All told, I would have preferred to read The Grounding of Group 6--though I admit that too might have lost something with age.
Paul Butler, Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice: Butler, a former prosecutor, writes eloquently about why he stopped being a prosecutor, a role in which he often prosecuted other black men and served, he feels, to legitimate the system that incarcerates Americans—and especially black men—at appalling and counterproductive rates. He covers jury nullification, drug crimes, “snitching,” and other topics, with discussion at the end about what hip-hop has to teach the law about reintegration and recognition of the humanity of offenders. Recommended.
Roberta Rosenthal Kwall, The Soul of Creativity: Forging a Moral Rights Law for the United States: I’m going to try to do a serious review of this eventually, but basically, Kwall argues that highly creative works express the author’s personal meaning and message, and that this connection justifies granting authors rights of attribution and rights against distortion much more broadly than US law presently does, though she doesn’t quite think European versions would work in the US. I don’t think I ever really understood “meaning and message,” but she believes that this highly personal connection is “intrinsic” to the right kind of authors. I don’t have anything against attribution norms, but I think attribution rights are a terrible idea, and her proposal to limit the remedy to injunctive relief (a court order requiring attribution or a disclaimer of agreement) and not damages except in special cases did not reassure me. Every author thinks her own case is special, which is kind of the point that would impel her to sue over a perceived violation of her moral rights. So to me the proposal is just another way that authors/copyright owners could threaten subsequent creators to shut them up (since pure copying would almost never violate moral rights—there’s no distortion and usually no failure to attribute).