Literary Musings & Legal Adventures

JD. Major bookworm. Former left coast girl in an east coast world.
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Welcome to Albany! A much-needed beer with @alexlohman. (at McGeary’s Irish Pub)

Also in today’s mail - this beauty! It’s like the mailman knew I was having a bad day and decided to cheer me up. #harrypotter #hp #books #bookstagram

My packages from @midtowncomics came today, which is totally making my shitty day so much better. #comics



A friend of mine just directed my attention to this footnote in a federal appellate case that might be the best thing I’ve ever read:

The trial transcript quotes Ms. Hayden as saying Murphy called her a snitch bitch “hoe.” A “hoe,” of course, is a tool used for weeding and gardening. We think the court reporter, unfamiliar with rap music (perhaps thankfully so), misunderstood Hayden’s response. We have taken the liberty of changing “hoe” to “ho,” a staple of rap music vernacular as, for example, when Ludacris raps “You doin’ ho activities with ho tendencies.””

The United States judiciary ladies and gentlemen

This sounds like it may be the best footnote of all time.


from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?” And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.
Junot Díaz (x (via feministjewishfangirl)

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Weird Al made a Blurred Lines (aka the worst song ever) parody called Word Crimes, for all the grammar nerds out there. My day is made.


via Laurie Halse Anderson

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Love it!

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#BarExam game day face inspiration, courtesy of @alexlohman. #bffs #barprep #bringit

Bonobo = better than #barprep. #summerstage #nyc #centralpark (at Central Park Summer Stage)

The ability to present women like Ginsburg, Clinton and Davis as bone-crushingly robust yet simultaneously appealing, revered—practically adorable!—in their rugged severity, is a crucial expansion of the American imagination with regard to powerful women.
Rebecca Traister, How Ruth Bader Ginsburg Became the Most Popular Woman on the Internet, The New Republic, (July 10, 2014). (via notoriousrbg)

Because talking about books is more fun than studying for the bar exam, my thoughts on a few books I’ve read (and enjoyed) recently.