Monday, September 01, 2014
Sandy Dennis' short autobiography when finding it while looking to see if Up the Down Staircase (author died recently; she played the lead in the film) was available. Somewhat interesting book with nice pictures. She was an animal lover.
Wikipedia cites one account that says there was no "pact" to get pregnant though some teen girls did work together after the fact. Regardless, it is prime for fiction and this French film was well made. A key plus is getting into the interior life of teenage girls. The opening scene (teenage girls in their underwear waiting to be examined at the clinic and then acting goofy) is likely of the sort not that of an American film. Need more serious tween and teen girl fare.
A somewhat apt book for the holiday -- free labor being a basic principle of anti-slavery thought -- plus the author is from my way. The idea is that slavery would be surrounded (free territories etc.) by a "cordon of freedom" and eventually kill itself. So, each major conflict here ultimately turned on first principles of the right and wrong of slavery. Interesting chapter on military emancipation from Revolution War to Civil War. Short book.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
RH Reality Check takes us inside an abortion clinic and compares it with the new "ambulatory surgical center." A district court blocked part of the new law, which might have limited standing power, but is appreciated. The video is appreciated especially to give you an inside look for the tens of thousands in Texas who will get an abortion in the next year and others.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Friday, August 29, 2014
I don't have an occasion to travel on airplanes but the recent news item on reclining seats does seem to address my "don't be a dick" principle. It is a somewhat trivial case but these things (1) add up and (2) assholes tend to be so in bigger ways too.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
I read over at IMDB that a new hire on the production team influenced the end of the Rizzoli pregnancy subplot. Notice, for whatever reason, some better episodes of late. Yesterday's episode as a whole was very good, including a lot of character stuff. Fans probably excited to learn Maura's sleeping habits. Angela subplot a bit thin, but nice ending.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Not sure about the subtitle, but this is a good book on an issue that still has bite. The author (blocked when nominated to the 7CA, in effect filibustered in a way still possible even now) has written more on the legal issues related to the case, including equality and Lochner Era rights talk. Good use of a case as a snapshot of large issues. ETA: A 1942 commentary.