Monthly Archives: June 2013

Still Alice: Musings on Self-Definitions

First off, full disclosure: I have not finished reading “Still Alice” by Lisa Genova. I’m probably only about a third of the way through. But after a weekend absent of culture (I’ve been marathoning Season 14 of Big Brother — … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Graceland and Isolation: TV Review

I’ve been a fan of Graceland since it first debuted in early June. It’s well-cast, with a nice blend of drama, action, and humor. Mostly I’ve just been watching it as easy, summer escapism. But this week, in its fourth … Continue reading

Posted in Television Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: The Ancestor as “Other”

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reads like two separate stories: one a semi-traditional coming of age story for a young, disaffected and wealthy boy in America, and the second a semi-traditional fantasy epic. The book jacket sets the novel … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not-So-Reality TV: Siberia and Whodunnit

We as Americans (or perhaps just as humans) are obsessed with dramatized reality. The reality tv industry has grown, from Survivor, to American Idol, to the Real Housewives series and Kardashians. We obsessively follow real-life trials: and, speaking as a … Continue reading

Posted in Television Reviews | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Filibusters: Do the Ends Justify the Means?

Today was a big day in politics across the nation. The Supreme Court struck down DOMA, in a move that is a huge step forward to LGBT rights, while simultaneously creating an even starker contrast between the haves and have-nots … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and the Law | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Under the Dome: A Comparative Review

There are already a dozen reviews on the internet of CBS’s summer mini-series, “Under the Dome.” The event is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 2009 novel of the same name. The premise of both is the same: one day, inexplicably, … Continue reading

Posted in Television Reviews | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Ownership, History, and Copyright in Possession

So this summer I’ve been enjoying a lot of summer reading. Granted, 2/3 of it is in the form of Virginia black letter law and federal common law (don’t even try to convince me that it doesn’t exist — it … Continue reading

Posted in Book Reviews | Tagged | Leave a comment