June’s End

This year is going too fast for me. Gasp.

As of June 29, 2009:

Awww, is it really the end of this year’s Supreme Court Breakfast Table? Lithwick et al. did a fabulous job analyzing the New Haven firefighters case (which employers are going to have to grapple with from here on in; how much of an impact is there on disparate impact in employment discrimination cases remains very much to be seen).

Emily Bazelon’s analysis was a sharp follow up to her and co-writer Nicole Allan’s look at New Haven’s fire department. I think Walter Dellinger was on the moneyand Linda Greenhouse – about whether the US S.Ct’s decision would have much of an impact on Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation process.

Anyway, so I’m still trying to digest the New Haven firefighter case, and that whole Bernie Madoff sentencing stuff.

An interesting look at the history of the stereotypical Asian Babe – and how demeaning it really is.

6/29/09 – Caught a little bit of roving Shakespeare in (Battery) Park – King Lear (more this summer!). It kind of reminded me of how they used to do Shakespeare at Alma Mater, with the troupe running around campus as they enacted each scene.

6th Annual 72 Hour Film Shootout

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More Observations

This was an interesting read, in light of the (still!) upcoming US Supreme Court decision on the New Haven firefighter case – a Slate examination of the firefighters of New Haven – a rich look at the complex issues.

The passing of Farrah Fawcett. Time’s James Poniewozik has a nice post about her impact on tv and culture; so does NJ Star-Ledger’s Alan Sepinwall. Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker also has an interesting observation. NY Times’ Alessandra Stanley has a moving analysis.

The sudden passing of Michael Jackson. One may never be quite sure about the man, but the talent – the talent was something amazing. Time’s Poniewozik with the observation of Michael Jackson who made MTV what it was; he also embedded to a fascinating cover of Billie Jean. Tucker also has a slightly more broad view (perhaps being an older critic helps), in noting Jackson had an updated Gene Kelly technique — well, Tucker embedded a YouTube of Jackson himself doing Billie Jean – (YouTube’s capabilities on remembering people are quite useful).