June 5, 2014

Eclectic. “ec·lec·tic, deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad range of sources,” per “the Internet.” Now, with 133 published posts—this is No. 134—the notion of “eclectic” had probably passed through at least one reader’s mind. I’ve always thought of myself as an eclectic thinker—open to ideas from all sources—and someone with an eclectic mind. Candidly, or, in modern parlance, tbt, I think my mind is in a calcification stage. Really. I’m less supple, and less willing to tolerate that which is not what I expect/want/like. Working on it every day, and worrying about it even more frequently. If anyone else has been experiencing this phenomenon, please share, either privately at or by commenting on this post.

Anyway, I want to share a bit of randomness from a broad range of source. As some of you know, and anyone who has read “Speaking Engagements” cannot not know, I talk about ethics and professional responsibility to attorneys. High season is soon before June 30, as Arizona attorneys need 15 hours of continuing education per year, three of which must be related to professional ethics. I’ve been busy lately speaking, and I want to share with you all a couple of film clips I have used.

The first clip involves a snippet of a video-taped deposition taken by Joe Jamail, a hugely successful Texas attorney. It’s a most embarrassing exemplar of bad behavior. Really awful behavior! The good news? I’ve seen nothing like this, ever, in 32+ years of practicing law. Really, never!!!

Then there’s a delightful 1:49 clip from Curb Your Enthusiasm. It happens to be the final word on casual Friday.

Here’s a review of The Simone, a New York Times three-star I’d never heard of. We missed it, but it sounds like it needs to be on our “next trip” list.

I take The New York Review of Books. I also get Democracy, which carries the subtitle A Journal of Ideas and counts among its founders my friend Andrei Cherny, and The Baffler, an MIT publication. These are great, really informative publications.

In the June 5 issue of The New York Review of Books I read a delightful review of Solo by James Walton. (Note:  there is a firewall, so you only get part of the review. Don’t subscribe at the end of the review; much cheaper on one of the cards.)

The books by L. Frank Baum (and others)—yes, those Oz Books—passed through my mind recently. There are pieces here and there about the political import of the Oz series, tying it to bimetallism, William Jennings Bryan, and the economics of the late 19th century. More on this on Sunday.

Finally, today is National Donut Day. I’ll be at LeCave’s when the doors open, picking up donuts for Ms. J’s workplace, along with treats for mine.

Busy week, so you’re getting what probably feels a bit like the Wednesday Curator. More posts coming soon!


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