Thirteen reasons to adopt a black cat, including their sartorial elegance (well, that accounts for a number of the reasons) and the fact that, on the other hand, their color puts people off. At adoption time, black cats are often the last felines to find homes. Poor kitties. Black cats have also traditionally been associated with the black arts, with witchcraft, and with evil doings. Snopes.com delves into the question of whether black cats (and other animals) actually disappear with more frequency around Hallowe'en but notes that many animal shelters cut back on allowing feline, especially black cat, adoptions in October.
From the Hollywood Reporter: Ted Field and Radar Pictures (The Last Samurai, Revenge of the Nerds, Cocktail) are planning a movie centered on the legendary Magic Castle, which reopened in February, after it was damaged by fire last year.
In time for Hallowe'en, and the day we received word on the guilty verdict and sentencing in the Italian earthquake trial, here's an article in which Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich considers the relationship between law and superstition, published in the Comparative Law Review.
A lovely mini-memoir by journalist Maggie Jones about her father, lawyer-magician Larry Jones. Complete with photo picturing Mr. Jones levitating his wife while his sons and daughter Valle also participate in various illusions.
From CNN's Belief Blog: One fifth of the American population reports that it has no "religious affiliation," according to a newly released Pew research poll. Of this group, 88 percent are happy with their current status and not looking for a religious group to join. Check out other findings here.
Joshua Warren is an attorney after my own heart. Well, I certainly hope he isn't literally after my heart. Mr. Warren is putting together a casebook on zombie law. According to Findlaw's Deanne Katz, "Warren claims he has over 300 federal court opinions that use the word 'zombie' which is more than enough for an imposing casebook to store on your bookshelf." Check out the project here.
I do believe that judges (and lawyers), frighteningly, use the word "zombie" and its derivatives that often. Maybe more often. Zombies can take on lives of their own, although they aren't supposed to. That's the point of zombification, isn't it? Ms. Katz makes reference to Adam Chodorow's Death and Taxes and Zombies, forthcoming in the Iowa Law Review.
Mr. Warren is offering a number of purchasables to fund his project; they look like fun. T-shirts, postcards and a photo of yourself as a zombie (you don't have to undergo the change--just the magic of digital transformation) can be yours: the transfer of negotiable instruments for swag.
I note that Mr. Warren is also interested in locating instances of uses of the word "ninja" in court opinions. Abandoning the rule of law completely? Similarly, uses of the phrase "cocker spaniel." Going to the dogs, are we?
Life and law and zombies. Put me down for a copy of the Warren casebook.
I knew that some of these articles had been published in the Texas Wesleyan Law Review, but I didn't know that they (and others) had come out in hard cover, courtesy of Carolina Academic Press (the same publishing house that published Law and Magic: A Collection of Essays). However, here is The Law and Harry Potter (Jeffrey E. Thomas and Franklin G. Snyder, eds.; 2010). It contains a number of interesting essays on HP and the law, including John Gava and Jeanie Marie Paterson, "What Role Need Law Play in a Society WIth Magic?," Geoffrey Christopher Rapp, "Sirius Black: A Case Study in Actual Innocence," Eric J. Gouvin, "The Magic of Money and Banking," Lenowa Ledwon, "Harry Potter Goes To Law School," and Mark Edwin Burge, "Who Wants To Be a Muggle? The Diminished Legitimacy of Law as Magic."
Here's the publisher's description:
This volume considers the depiction of law and legal institutions in J.K.
Rowling's Harry Potter novels. It contains more than twenty chapters by legal
academics from the U.S. and abroad. The chapters are organized in five sections:
Legal Traditions and Institutions, Crimes and Punishments, Harry Potter and
Identity, the Wizard Economy, and Harry Potter as an Archetype. Some chapters
analyze the way law and legal institutions are portrayed, and what these
portrayals teach us about concepts such as morality, justice, and difference.
Other chapters use examples from the narratives to illustrate or analyze legal
issues, such as human rights, actual innocence, and legal pedagogy. The volume
is suitable for undergraduate or law school courses, and will be of interest to
those Harry Potter fans who also have an interest in law and the legal