Ah, a woman after my own heart. Well, not literally.Victoria Sutton is a professor at Texas Tech School of Law, and she writes about law and popular culture. Great! She writes about Halloween! Greater! She writes about Halloween and law. Greatest! Her book, Halloween Law: A Spirited Look at the First Year Curriculum, is available from Vargas Publishing, and on Amazon.
Here's a description of the contents from the publisher's website:
Halloween Law is a spirited guide through law school study starting with that first scary year. Looking at the law through the lens of Halloween proves the old rule that truth is stranger than fiction. Halloween cases that conjure up issues in constitutional law, criminal law, tort law, property law and contract law introduce you to the first year curriculum. If you survive the first year, you can move on to several upper level courses for those who dare --- employment law, oil and gas law and lots of local government law creep into the Halloween Law experience. Halloween Law will leave you ready to deal with any case from the crypt.
Neil Patrick Harris, actor and magician. Here, a clip from CNN's New Day. Mr. Harris discusses "Nothing To Hide," a magic show he directs, which stars two card magicians. Lawyer Chris Cuomo chimes in that he likes magic because of its requirement that you "suspend disbelief." Mr. Harris also talks about "Sleep No More," the New York hotel/happening inspired by Macbeth (also law-and-magical).
Over at FindLaw, Brett Snider points out that Ariel the Little Mermaid really should have hired an attorney to look over that contract Ursula wanted her to sign--you know, the one that enables Ariel to be with her true love, but for a very high price. Talk about terrible terms! Just goes to show you that there aren't nearly enough lawyers practicing in Animation-Land or ComicVille. The only ones I can think of, offhand, are Harvey Birdman (Attorney at Law), and the ones the ABA lists here. (Although the Topless Robot Blog lists thirteen more comic book lawyers of varying capabilities and moral persuasions here).
For more fictional fun, check out Deanne Katz's analysis of Bilbo's Hobbit contract here and Tanya Roth's deconstration of the Grinch's holiday legal entanglements here.
A little early for Hallowe'en, but, hey! CNN is offering up a list with pix of elaborate venues for ghost hunting, including The Myrtles, the White House (sorry, I think that one's by invitation only in the private areas), and the Lemp House, all of which are reputed to have lots of incorporeal inhabitants. I would point out to Ann Hoevel (such a great name for someone writing about homes) that the first sentence of her article needs clarification.
Ever the gentleman, nothing could stop William Gordon from escorting his wife, Nelly, on her greatest journey.
"Ever the gentleman, nothing..." The gentleman is nothing? Needs re-writing.
Renowned magician and actor John Calvert has passed away. He was 102. Mr. Calvert was famous for his sawing-the-lady-in-half trick, using an audience member as the sawee, and for starring in the Falcon movies as Michael Watling ("The Falcon"). He also made several other films, and appeared in Are These Our Parents? and Bombadier in roles as a magician. Here's more from the Los Angeles Times.
CNN features an interesting article about the competition currently heatng up among paranormal investigators over tv air time. Apparently paranormal shows are so popular with the public that booking agents and producers are anxious to get hold of the most attractive ones and televise their stories.
Isn't there enough paranormal material to go around? Do we need a campaign to Save Our Spirits? Do ghosts need attorneys to protect their rights of publicity from over-eager folks with infrared equipment , tv contracts, and images of residuals dancing in their heads now? Maybe a law firm should look into that issue...calling Harvey Birdman.
Little Prince George is already getting romance advice from some Chinese fortune tellers. One of them counsels him to "live near trees" and away from water in order to dampen his effect on the opposite sex, which will be strongly attracted to him (this nugget according to Agence France-Presse). Um...strongly attracted to him because he's adorable (he is, of course) or because he's a future monarch? Of course, the correlation between the two hasn't been studied but it might be high in some cases. Maybe I could get a grant...