Other directions Harper Lee could have gone in for her sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird:
- JEM'S IN A JAM
- MOCKINGBIRD II: BOO YAH!
- TO KILL A MOCKINGJAY
- THE LAST GIRL SCOUT starring Bruce Willis
- ATTICUS BRIEF
- DILL'S PICKLE
Feb 3 @ 12:23 pm
Glad we're talking out this headscarf thing. Was growing concerned about the state of foreign policy discourse.
Jan 29 @ 10:00 pm
Bad legal defenses, reduced to their essence, both universally speaking and with respect to the Patriots cheating at football:
EVERYONE DOES IT.
- No they don't, but keep telling yourself that if you need the sleep. The court, however, only cares for your sorry guilty ass.
- The worst argument ever and a favorite of conspiracy theorists. The argument implies that there is no right time for any fact to come to light, especially the one now undermining your hopeless situation. The answer is usually, "Because someone has rendered a probably-accurate determination of your guilt." If you were guilty before "Now," enjoy the memory of your getting away with it for so long because that's all that's left.
THE OUTCOME WOULD'VE BEEN THE SAME.
- Try this out in your next DUI hearing: "But no one died your honor. Can't we just acquit and save everyone the legal fees?" Report back on the success you didn't have.
EVERYONE'S JUST JEALOUS OF MY SUCCESS
- Yep. You're still guilty though.
Jan 22 @ 3:15 pm
NYC residents have a far greater chance of dying under a collapsed, negligently constructed scaffolding, or by falling through an eroded subway grate, or by standing near an ancient, exploding gas main, or by plummeting down an uninspected elevator shaft, than by catching Ebola.
Oct 24 @ 9:28 pm
Dear Andrew Cuomo Campaign,
"Unwanted telemarketing calls are intrusive and irritating."
Know who said that? Your boss, of course.
Given Andrew Cuomo's malleable principles, it shouldn't surprise then that I've received over twenty calls, mostly hangups, in the past four days from the number (212) 431-3708, a number associated with your campaign.
The few humans I've spoken with (such as "Keith Benjamin," within the last hour), have identified themselves as working on your behalf. Each time I've explicitly requested they remove my number. Each time they've failed, though surely you can understand my skepticism as to their actually trying.
Kindly contact me by msg so that we can arrange to confirm my phone number's actual removal. Alternatively, your campaign can continue the harassing calls, hopefully to a degree of absurd comic effect worthy of journalistic interest, or that of the NYS Elections Board.
Oct 17 @ 6:24 pm
So I accidentally attempted to play a #Sony #PS4 disk in a #Sony #PS3 system. No surprise that the disk didn't play, but funny coincidence that the system, working fine this morning, no longer connects to the internet either wirelessly or via ethernet.
Dec 8 @ 7:16 pm
In re GoldieBlox lawsuit against the Beastie Boys (in which GoldieBlox seeks a declaration that its parody of the BB’s track “Girls” constitutes fair use), I think (1) GoldieBlox was too quick, not to mention opportunistic, in suing without first attempting to resolve the dispute; (2) while the Beastie Boys were right to argue that GoldieBlox is on thin ice, fair use-wise, that assessment may not be correct; (3) Adam Yauch’s last will and testament controls, to some extent, what the remaining Beastie Boys and any licensees may do with his likeness and interest but it doesn’t trump copyright law, and with it fair use; …
(4) with respect to the fair use analysis, the fact that GoldieBlox uses “Girls” commercially is only part of the story, and ultimately not as damning as some think; (4a) The most on-point commercial parody case is Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., where Roy Orbison’s copyright owners sued 2 Live Crew’s Luther Campbell for its parody of “Pretty Woman.” SCOTUS ultimately found for Campbell, reasoning that, yes, Campbell’s version was parody, and despite its own commercial nature, did not serve as a “market substitute” for the Roy Orbison version. More precisely, it rejected the idea that a commercial use presumptively harms the market for the original work--the original work must *demonstrate* market harm.
(4b) That said, the ironic upshot of the 2 Live Crew Pretty Woman case was a detente of sorts in the music industry, whereby rappers sampling existing works now first negotiated a license before publishing. Doubly ironic was that the biggest beneficiaries of the prior, non-license-obtaining practice? The Beastie Boys. See especially Paul’s Boutique. And they’re in Brooklyn.
Nov 26 @ 9:21 pm