Friday, March 28, 2014

not yet ebooks

By tearing apart two paperback editions of Faubion Bowers' haiku collection I can have single pages in a poetry scrapbook by cut-n-paste alone.

By buying 2 copies of the ebook I cannot even hide the RĊmaji transcriptions let alone paste in the hiragana ... not to mention the missing kanji of the original !

Saturday, March 22, 2014

conflict in apprenticeship and enthusiasms

[ the following was briefly a Facebook post ]

my suspicion is that his marxism provides the required distance for my reading M. M-Ponty, whereas in C.M. it is his problematic Catholicism/paganism and with EC his own problematic relationship to his ethnicity as a Spaniolen Jew of eastern Bulgaria.

is that distance become a requirement for me as a reader in reaction my own problematic relationship to the leftist sycophants of the Berkeley and Columbia ex-pats in their prairie haven ?

With IM a motive in my reading is not her affair with EC at all, but is surely my suspicion of her having had an affair with that great CDN Catholic thinker ; with EH his troubling conversion to Lutheranism ...

Could I re-read Herzog or Humboldt's Gift with pleasure today, at my age, now ? Amusement, perhaps ? All that Chicago great snooks posturing !

And myself today, self-conscious as a Metis reader ? 

[ in lieu of another response to Morrissey or a letter to a Poitras cousin ]

Friday, March 21, 2014

arbitrating open discovery

The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers lists 14 states as having the "least discovery in the nation." They are New York, Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming and Virginia.
But there may be a dark side to open discovery laws. Criminals might use the information from prosecutors to learn the identities of their accusers, and then intimidate them before they testify.
But why can we not take a page from the French and have an independent magistrate arbitrate just what shall be subject to redaction and just what might be reasonably and legally withheld?