The first scheduled summer order is a list of rehearings denied. A discussion on why they have only Catholics and Jews (Garland would have followed the trend). A fair cross-section would have a non-believer and a couple non-evangelical Protestants (so phrased to deal with the Protestant/Catholic mix already there). And fictional SCOTUS: The Good Fight.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
A Danielle Steel (read one other, years back, with a WWII plot) for the times. It starts with young Meredith's father going to be a lawyer in D.C. during WWII, be a lawyer at Nuremberg but still being very conservative, her grandfather getting on the Supreme Court (replacing Murphy or Rutledge), her going to Vassar and meeting a Holocaust survivor (whose life we also follow) and growing into a lefty lawyer (helped by a large inheritance!), including getting involved in some 1960s events. I got interested in the characters and liked the historical plot. It is written in a straightforward style but has some very serious material. Starts to get a bit boring in its episodic way later but nice final plot device. No sex scenes! ETA: This is a book that could have benefited from a brief message from the author regarding her research and so forth. Not sure of a reference to a "computer" in a small law office c. 1970. But, overall, the history seems accurate enough.
Saturday, July 14, 2018
Early 1980s t.v. show that is this week's Decades Channel "binge" that has a great theme song and pretty good cast (and sorta a Meghan Markle look-a-like lawyer love interest). It's not quite The Most Wonderful Time of the Year good, but Christmas Connection with the same female lead is a charming Hallmark Channel movie as they replay Christmas movies.
Friday, July 13, 2018
The author has a new book out about the Kiowa Indians and their struggle to retain their religious traditions. But, this one was the one at the library now. Interesting subject (focused on New York prisons), but was a trudge at some point in its short page count (under 200 pages). Felt repetitive and perhaps better for a shorter monograph.
Abella Danger stars in Erotic Obsession, which has some charms, including a little bit of a twist ending that I liked. She has an interesting look. It is available on demand and has a notice before it starts that promotes the "natural sound" (how I would phrase it) aspect. Not talking high art, but appreciate effort not to look and sound cheap. Involves a kooky roommate. Good scenes, last is the best. The husband is a familiar face. And Also: Today's date. The remake of the movie was decent. "Final Friday" actually tried to have plot. The series was okay. Maybe the planned Child's Play series will work.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Borrowed a DVD of film with "It" girl Clara Bow with a documentary produced by Hugh Hefner (!) included. Fairly interesting doc and she's very good. It is actually pretty easy to watch the silent film (didn't seem forced or anything) though after about a half hour was a bit bored with the plot and skipped to the last reel. Amusing with her roommate quiet believable as a sick mother she filled in for and thus started the plot. Her love interest is a bit old for her.
In his last book, Bart Ehrman touched upon the dark side of Christianity; this book by someone who is a daughter of a monk and nun gives a fuller account. I found this strong criticism. A positive review here. It did have a flavor of a polemicist (she is a classicist) but the matter does warrant balancing so there is a place for it. Think it could have been crisper too; seemed a bit repetitive and rambling. Book best read with a disconcerting eye.
Monday, July 09, 2018
Me in 2006: "Meanwhile, Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed as circuit judge. Sigh." ETA: Don't have much to say about the pick other than it is really a red meat pick as compared to a more bland Federalist Society type (basically the back-up option, Hardiman). His pro-executive power writings (Clinton not being investigated edition) will be an easy target. His opposition to agency deference can be a time bomb waiting to go off. Basically, not a "stolen seat" in the Gorsuch way, but tainted, especially since Trump is under investigation. I guess to be on the safe side, no "Justice" for him either.