Mondays with the Supremes: Part IX: Cass Gilbert’s Steps

My last installment of Mondays with the Supremes. I sum up my thoughts on the Supreme Court. This feature will return on a more irregular basis, focusing on one book about the Supreme Court. Continue reading Mondays with the Supremes: Part IX: Cass Gilbert’s Steps

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MONDAYS WITH THE SUPREMES, PART III: KOREMATSU, BROWN, AND PADILLA

A limited-run series where I review three books about the Supreme Court of the United States, exploring its historical and ideological conflicts, and the transformations it wrought upon law and society. This week: Three Supreme Court cases that examine “binding precedent”, race, and national security. Continue reading MONDAYS WITH THE SUPREMES, PART III: KOREMATSU, BROWN, AND PADILLA

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Aberration of Starlight (1980) by Gilbert Sorrentino

The slim novel Aberration of Starlight by Gilbert Sorrentino traces the events one summer in 1939 through the perspectives of four different characters.  The title is taken from an astrological phenomenon involving the movement of both the observer and the subject under observation.  Right from the start, Sorrentino will upend the reader’s expectations.  The four characters lives become revealed through various narrative techniques.  These include letters, question-and-answer, and stream of consciousness. The four main characters are Billy Recco, the son of Marie Recco.  He idolizes Tom Thebus, a salesman wooing Marie, much to the chagrin of Marie’s father, John McGrath.  … Continue reading Aberration of Starlight (1980) by Gilbert Sorrentino

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