Seriously, Roberts? "Speaking at the conference of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. said briefs before the high court are running too long, while the justices themselves are asking too many questions at oral argument."

Left: I miss GOB.

Will the New Haven ruling tarnish Sotomayor?

Don't know if I would throw down $700 (actually I do know that I wouldn't throw down $700), but this limited edition R. Crumb looks pretty awesome.

Sorta my dream back yard.

Heard about this documentary on This American Life - and still find it pretty horrifying/ridiculous: Rubber Room.

Crime Fighters vs. the Constitution: Where's the authority for federal laws aimed at hate crimes and sex crimes?
Faces of the dead and detained in Iran.  (Thanks to Setareh for the link).

"After more than two years of protesting, writing phone calls and thousands of people descending on Jena, LA to protest this outrageous retro Jim Crow case, the Jena 6, Jesse Ray Beard, Carwin Jones, Robert Bailey, Theo Shaw, Bryant Purvis and Mychal Bell are all free to move ahead with their lives."

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Wish I was going! "The Pixies are preparing another reunion tour, but rather than play a typical retrospective set list, the legendary alt-rockers are planning to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their classic Doolittle album by performing the record in full throughout Europe."

Paris in the summer. Sigh.

Arrested Development documentary...sort of.  Hilarious.

Check out Alexandra Gjurasic's new 30-foot-long painting! I wish I had it wrapping around my walls.


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Wraparound bookcases?  Yes, please.

Image: source.  Sounds about right.

Great prints from Roll & Tumble Press.

Plans for a car-free suburbia.

DIY paper leis - party time!

Jezebel on the "skinny glutton."

Feminist Law Professors on the (un)constitutionality of mutual stay-away orders.

"The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear arguments over a federal law that allows the government to confine "sexually dangerous" prisoners in mental hospitals after they've served out their sentences. According to the Department of Justice, 95 federal prisoners have been "identified as possible candidates for post-sentence detention."

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Cicero
On the 40th anniversary of Stonewall.

A microbrew renaissance in Chicago.

Left: I never realized how very Woody Allen-like Charlie Brown can be.

Ugh/yay.  Unreleased Jeff Buckley song to be on horrible movie's soundtrack.

Minutemen do more than "secure" borders - they also kill Arizona dad and daughter.

On the links between domestic violence and pregnancy.


Jeff Goldblum comes to Law and Order.

Serious Eats on speck.

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) side project Volcano Choir album announced.

A lyrical analysis of Kelly Clarkson and the L Word.  Yep, you read right.

Awesome ambient advertisements.

"Quality craft beer abounds in New York, but too often it comes with bad food, or is served by clueless staff."

“Let your life be light - packed with only what you need; A house, someone you love who loves you, a few friends worth the name, a dog, a cat, a bird, enough to eat and drink, enough to wear, and a few simple pleasures.” - Jerome Klapka

I don't know why this makes me laugh.  But it does.
Some little kid rocks "I Will."

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Adorable.  Regina Spektor singing "Hotel Song" with some beatboxing accompaniment.

"This may be the best scavenger hunt we have ever heard of. Lexington, Kentucky artist Ed Franklin has embarked on a fantastic project bringing art, community, and a little bit of childlike pleasure to in-the-know Lexington residents. Each day in June, he has been placing one of his handmade wooden dolls around downtown Lexington. He posts a clue, usually rhymed, and photos of the doll on the social networking websites Facebook and Flickr, leaving the toy for anyone to find.”


Bruce Springsteen, "Radio Nowhere" - it's not a Boss classic or anything, but a solid song...and what a sexy devil he is.

Music nerdery - the worst ideas for 33 1/3 covers.

Left: love this lantern.

One of my favorites makes a comeback: Kittens!  Inspired by....kittens!

Dream ring.  Drool.

The Pixies, "Where Is My Mind" (Live, 1988).
The Queer Issue: Rachel Maddow, the New Sexy: "The Butch is back, with a poster girl." Love it. Thanks to Caitlin for the heads up!

Left: love so much of the stuff in this Flikr stream!

Great interview with David Sedaris in The Guardian.

For my girl ELM: "Too Close"

Harsh truths, important reading: "The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission final report is grim reading, especially the finding that prisoners report more rape committed by guards than by other prisoners."

Related: "Rape In Prison Should Not Be Part Of The Punishment: Once someone becomes part of the prison industrial complex, socially they lose a measure of humanity because we declare them to be lesser than individuals. Some crimes are certainly heinous in nature, however rape should never be understood as reasonable response in a so-called civilized and or advanced society."


The Matthew Shepard Foundation rejects Perez Hilton's money.

The White House announces the appointment of long-time anti-domestic-violence advocate Lynn Rosenthal to be the first-ever White House Advisor on Violence Against Women.

The best of Portland nightlife - I miss Oregon...

I'm not feeling particularly affected by Michael Jackson's death, but I did appreciate this list of songs that sampled his work...

So classy: Replicas Of Eames, Corbusier and Michelle Kaufman Homes in Legos.

"The Supreme Court ruled today that the Sixth Amendment's Confrontation Clause gives criminal defendants the right to cross examine the scientists who issue forensics reports that are entered into evidence. The breakdown of the 5-4 ruling was interesting, with Justice Scalia's majority opinion joined by Justices Thomas, Ginsberg, Souter and Stevens. Alito, Roberts, Kennedy, and Breyer dissented."

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Reviews of the new Transformer are pretty entertaining.

Jane, the creator and curator of the wonderful Sea of Shoes (and probably the most enviable 16 year-old out there) has announced she's created a line of shoes with UO.

Cheap and chic Paris hotels - as if I needed one more temptation to visit.

Excellent (hopefully).  Federal protections for trans employees being drafted: "Lawyers for President Obama are quietly drafting first-of-their kind guidelines barring workplace discrimination against transgender federal employees, officials said Tuesday."

Left: Love love love it. Reminds me of the little book I kept while in Varanasi...wonderful memories. "German artist Boris Servais sent over his latest creation, Varanasi, a handmade book he wrote and illustrated. It’s about the city Varanasi, in India, which he describes as “a huge maze of dirty lanes packed with streetdogs, cows, Indians on motorbikes and travelers in colourful clothes.” He illustrates his words in sketchy ink line drawings with some tiny little hatch marks for shading."

Thanks again to LF!

Some real truths here.  Source.

Thanks to LF for the link!  xoxo
A little wisdom from Mr. Bukowski.

More awesome jewelry from Erica Weiner.  Definitely on the wish list.

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Grunge's Long Shadow: "In praise of 'in-between' periods in pop history."

Secret hotels of the Loire Valley...dreaming of France...

10 BBQ restaurants recommended by Bon Appetite.  Yes, please.

Bon Iver and Bowerbirds, "Lovin's for Fools"

Joss Whedon Answers The Question “Why Do You Write Strong Female Characters?

Commerce Clause and Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders: "The United States Supreme Court today granted certiorari in United States v. Comstock, 08-1224, in which the question presented is whether Congress had constitutional authority to enact 18 USC 4248. That section purports to give the federal government power to detain in "civil commitment" sexually dangerous persons for an indefinite period, even after their sentences have been served. The Fourth Circuit ruled that the commerce clause did not provide sufficient authority for this provision."

“It is June. I am tired of being brave.” - Anne Sexton

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They awesomely crushworthy Olivia Munn cast in Iron Man II? Awesome.

From Sociological Images, Teen and Transgender Comparative Study, an art installation by Charlie White at the Hammer Museum in L.A. "The series is a correlation of two stages of transformation, pairing teen girls (12-14) with like adult male-to-female transsexuals." Some fascinating commentary on the display and article.

Bitch Magazine: Where Have All the Riot Grrrls Gone? Pop Music and "Post-Feminism"

The Advocate Joins in Transphobic Media: "It was bad enough when the New York Post ran the transphobic article "Wedding Crashers" which erroneously describes a trans woman and her cis male partner, Kimah Nelson and Jason Stenson, as a gay couple and how they "duped" the government into giving them a same-sex marriage. But then the Advocate repeated the story uncritically parroting the same anti-trans message. After some complaints, they've removed the male pronouns referring to Kimah but rather than replacing them with female pronouns they opted for no pronouns." Also covered by The Curvature.

Yay for Copley Square Farmers Market!

"The Supreme Court ruled that convicted criminals do not have a constitutional right to possibly exculpatory DNA evidence. The Court decided District Attorney's Office v. Osborne by a 5 - 4 margin."
The PS22 chorus is back and singing Bjork.

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This might be what finally pushes me from Blackberry to iPhone: "Will the iPhone 3GS be a lancing blow to the point-and-shoot market? It's now "just good enough" for most people to take good everyday pictures and, remember, the best camera is the one you have with you."

24 hours of air traffic condensed into a minute and 12 seconds.

On writing about parenting: "All the mothers want forgiveness, all the fathers want applause."

Inside Lichtenstein's studio.

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"Mothers of America / let your kids go to the movies!" Ave Maria, by Frank O'Hara.

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The Massachusetts Superior Court, which earlier this year rescinded all conditional clerkship offers, considers taking on deferred associates - chaos and ethical dilemmas ensue.

The Onion, Search For Self Called Off After 38 Years, "The longtime search for self conducted by area man Andrew Speth was called off this week, the 38-year-old said Monday. 'I always thought that if I kept searching and exploring, I'd discover who I truly was,' said Speth from his Wrigleyville efficiency. 'Well, I looked deep into the innermost recesses of my soul, I plumbed the depths of my subconscious, and you know what I found? An empty, windowless room the size of an aircraft hangar. From now on, if anybody needs me, I'll be sprawled out on this couch drinking black-cherry soda and watching Law & Order like everybody else.'"

Maybe it's just because I'm a huge fan of the word "advocate," but I am excited about this: "As health care becomes more and more complicated, some people are turning to patient advocates to help them get through the system. Advocates help coordinate care, accompany patients to doctors' appointments and help negotiate the increasingly complex world of medicine."
Loving this nest of a bed.

LA's endangered used bookstores.

You Tube posts the entirety of documentary "The Times of Harvey Milk."

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NYTimes, Second Chance: "After a heart problem in 2006, Terry Cummings decided to face her lifelong gender dysphoria, a psychological discomfort with her sex, and make the change from male to female."

LGBT Protest Planned for DNC Fundraiser in Boston on Tuesday: "In addition to protests planned for the Washington D.C. LGBT Fundraiser this Thursday, Join the Impact Massachusetts has plans to protest a Democratic Party fundraiser in Boston on Tuesday headlined by VP Joe Biden."

John Hodgman at the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner, geekin' out!


Happy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day to everyone out there, but especially to the two most important men in my life: my dad (left) and my stepdad (right).

Yes, I'm lucky enough to not only have two dads, but to have as my fathers two men who have taught me so much about love, trust, humor, and family.  My dad and my mom separated when I was 3, but in my entire 28 years on earth, I have never heard either of them speak poorly of the other.  My family - me and all three parents - spend our holidays together, a fact which seems to shock everyone who hears it.  I know I'm lucky for not finding it at all bizarre.  

Some of my earliest memories are of my dad, of laying on our blue couch with him, or listening to him play the piano.  My step dad came into our lives when I was so young that I can't remember a time when he wasn't there.  As a super-protective only child, I put him through the ringer before "allowing" him to become part of our family.  His quiet patience and persistence in loving my mom and I humbles me every day.  My dad, too, has been persistent - he has flown all over the country to see me, and sent me more paper letters (typed on a typewriter!) and emails and cards and packages than even a packrat like I can keep track of.

I'm especially lucky enough to have two very different men in my life.  My father taught me to love the written word; to appreciate Beethoven and the Supremes and jazz; that sitting in silence and reading the New York Times can be a form of intimacy; and to speak up when I see injustice.  My stepfather taught me to love and respect the outdoors; to laugh at myself when I'm being dramatic; that being quiet and honorable is more impressive than being loud and flashy; and that men can have huge muscles but also make jam, weave dishtowels, and take the time to teach 5 year-olds how to fish.

Most of all, both of my fathers taught me to love my mom.  To honor her as my best friend and as the strongest and kindest person I know.  So on this Fathers Day I want to thank my dad and my step dad for being the most important men in my life, and my mom, for choosing them as our family.

I love you all more than anything.

(earliest known documentation of me with a donut)
Woody Allen and Larry David interviewed for New York Magazine.

New Bloc Party single, "One More Chance."  I like.

Left: Antonio Machado.

Life-sized Lite Brite?!  Awesomeness.

Yes please, to 36 hours in Malibu...

"Pocket parks" and secret gardens in NYC.

Nine new pages of police reports from Stonewall released.

"Chaz is embarking on a difficult journey, but one that I will support. I respect the courage it takes to go through this transition in the glare of public scrutiny and although I may not understand I will strive to be understanding. The one thing that will never change is my abiding love for my child." - Cher on her son Chaz' transition

I had never heard of Nashville artist Harry Underwood before, but I LOVE these bold, colorful pieces up on Flikr.

Amazing 19th century personals ads.  h/t Jezebel.

CNN discovers the beautiful Oregon coast.  Can't wait to be there in a few months.

The fact that they used Rockport, MA to stand in for Alaska is too crazy - my mom is from Rockport and gave birth to me in AK!  The toy store my grandparents started on Bearskin Neck is still there in Rockport...

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"This is pretty scary: An anonymous Republican senator has put a hold on a resolution condeming clinic violence. Apparently this guy can’t even bring himself to declare that killing doctors is wrong."


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I freakin' loved this: "Boxer, chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, was addressing Brigadier General Michael Walsh of the Mississippi Valley Division of the Army Corps of Engineers during a hearing on New Orleans hurricane and flood prevention. “You know, do me a favor: Could you say ‘Senator’ instead of ‘Ma’am’?” she said. “It’s just a thing. I worked so hard to get that title. So I’d appreciate it.” Damn straight! And then ol' cranky pants McCain had to go and make fun of her, pissing me off.

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I generally dislike wearing my hair up, but this stylish lady is making me think twice (because I would magically look just like her if I copied her hair, right?)

Wow. "With the new Panasonic iPod Merge in-flight entertainment system, passengers will be able to gain full access to their iPod multimedia content. The in-flight entertainment system features an integrated dedicated user interface, and displays the iPod content, including music and images, via the IFE screen."


U.S. to Extend Its Job Benefits to Gay Partners: "President Obama will extend benefits, but not full health insurance, to same-sex partners of federal employees." It's a start.

This news about Zicam is really troubling - I love the stuff! Not anymore, I guess...

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"San Francisco-based artist Tasha Kusama has a fondness of candy colours, sparkles, hair and geometry. Her artworks are often somewhere between abstract and psychedelic and cutesy."

NYTimes: Drive-Ins Are Back But It's A Secret.

On self-help books and women.

Despite so many advances...."A new report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs says bias-motivated incidents against LGBT people are the highest they've been in a decade. According to the group, 29 deaths last year resulted from anti-LGBT hate crimes, an increase of 28% from the year before."

Love it: six-year-old girl fishes for mermaid, gets a record catch instead.

Let's hold Bush officials accountable for torture: "The ACLU's executive director joins with a military officer to ask for a special prosecutor for torture": "Torture is a crime and the United States engaged in it. Those are two indisputable facts. Given the mountains of evidence already in the public domain, any effort to deny or soften that harsh and devastating reality is either disingenuous, uninformed or a result of the human instinct to avoid painful truths."

“Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.” - Octavio Paz

One of the best scenes, from one of the best movies.  Still can't decide if I want to date Duckie or BE Duckie....


The American Craft Beer Fest is coming to Boston this weekend - and I'll be taking a break from Bar studying to hit it up on Saturday.  Yay for craft beers!

Beautiful and unique, if expensive, ruby ring.

Inmates Sewing Symbol of Freedom: "Several states have passed laws mandating that any flags flown at government buildings must be made in the United States. Maryland not only uses domestically-produced flags, it also makes them in their state. In their state prisons, that is."

Don't think I have the guts to rock them, but I'm loving the look of body chains.

More loveliness from Bona Drag.

I love Roz Chast!

Yes, please to cute, colorful bento boxes to carry lunch in...

What I Do At Work When I'm Supposed To Be Working.

Some love for beautiful Jacksonville, Oregon - can't wait to go home in August!

From Ms. JED: "The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a divorce court order barring a father’s three youngest children from having contact with his gay and lesbian friends."

"Judge Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court has instigated a lot of conversation about the demographics of judicial nominees - males versus females, Hispanics versus non-Hispanics, Protestants versus Catholics. However, I think that it should inspire a conversation about the serious bias that exists in judical appointments, both locally and nationally, which has had a devastating impact on the quality of justice over the last 20 to 30 years. That bias is the fact that criminal defense attorneys don't get nominated to the bench."

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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Pictures of 2009 Boston Pride!

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Blue Moss has some great necklaces on Etsy.

I'm liking Joanna Bean's feather mobiles.

Seattle's farmers markets.

Today's Pep Talk From A Best Friend: "You Brush It Off. Pep talk: Everybody feels awkward sometimes. Maybe you hug a little too long or wave at a stranger who looks like your friend. Eh, forget it. These things are unavoidable. Skip the remorse and move right on to your next moment of smoothness. Today remind yourself: I brush it off." Love it.

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Rough start to the day?  I can relate.  I would recommend a hit of Sarah Haskins' Target Women: Story Time, Lady Friends, and The Cougar


I have so much to learn about Iran - here is some of the coverage I've been reading about the elections in an attempt to catch up: Kristof in the NYTimes, coverage from Britain's Channel 4; from Jezebel.

Awesome wallpaper.

Left: oh, Kurt.

I had lots of fun at the event, but I would still agree with most (if not all) of the Bostonist's complaints about the Dan Deacon event at the ICA.  

The NYTimes spends 36 hours in the Research Triangle.  I have some good memories of visiting friends here - the three cities are so different from each other, and the landscape is gorgeous...

The first thing on my to-read list as soon as the Bar has passed....Ripley!

Cute idea for a party - individual s'mores bags.

From Jezebel: "The amazing blog Sociological Images has an interesting roundup of editorial cartoons about abortion. As one reader wrote, 'when pregnant women are depicted, they are often faceless, voiceless, or shown without any agency.'"
Child of the 90's?  You must read West Beverly High v. Bayside.

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The Bostonist gives love to one of my favorites, Penguin Pizza.  Their "Seasonal" pizza, with squash and leeks, is out of this world....


Check out the calendar for Boston Pride 2009 here.

See you at the parade, and don't forget the JP Street Fair on Sunday!



The NYTimes rounds up your best bets for free food when ordering drinks in the city...nice.

Beautiful colorful sandals on my wishlist.

Left: source.

How the recession will change the way we dress.

Tortilla espanola never sounded tempting to me (a cold-ish egg and potato dish?  No thanks).  Luckily, however, thanks to Picoteo (in the beautiful Hotel Convento), one of my favorite restaurants in Old San Juan, PR, I know how incredible a great tortilla espanola can be.  Maybe I'll even try making one myself...some day...

D.C. Circuit: Judges Can Consider Acquitted Conduct at Sentencing: "Federal trial judges enjoy wide discretion in sentencing defendants and can consider acquitted conduct in determining the punishment range, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday in a drug possession case."

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Check out Kiki Micromix 1 from DJ D'hana here! Also, this Saturday will be the DJ's last Neighborhood for the summer, so get yer butt over the the Milky Way and dance!

Martha Minow announced as the new Dean of Harvard Law School. Glad to see a woman taking a position of leadership in both the legal and academic worlds.

An interesting debate about the feminist and economic value of Etsy.

Left: from Stella McCarty's 2010 Resort collection

Kate Harding's definitive answer to the oft-repeated question "Don't You Realize Fat Is Unhealthy?"

Rockstar energy drink threatens the Bilerico Project with a lawsuit after they probe the companies connection to conservative nut job Michael Savage.

Codman Square anticipates the return of the farmer's market.

Ithaca landmark Cinemopolis reopens, bigger and better than ever!

"To Improve Public Health, City Urges Use of Stairs": an interesting article on the changing definition of "public health."


Great wall gardens from the wonderful city of Portland, OR!

Inspiring braid love.

Drinking in Boston - a new alcohol tax?

Chaz (formerly Chastity) Bono begins a transition to male.  As Bilerico reports, "This is a deeply personal commitment that obviously isn't taken lightly and is probably made even more difficult by his celebrity." Best of luck to him!  (I used an incorrect pronoun in my original post, for which I apologize).  

The official statement reads: "Yes, it's true — Chaz, after many years of consideration, has made the courageous decision to honor his true identity. It is Chaz's hope that his choice to transition will open the hearts and minds of the public regarding this issue, just as his 'coming out' did nearly 20 years ago. We ask that the media respect Chaz's privacy during this long process as he will not be doing any interviews at this time."

Michelle Obama swears off fur - yay!

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Late abortion care will return to Kansas.  RIP Dr. Tiller.

A beginners guide to going out in Paris - I hope I get to return there someday, hopefully for a few months...

...and here are some great prints of Paris and London.

One of the many awesome photos on the blog Eating Asia.

Loved this campaign.
SC for LV: Sophia Coppola for Louis Vuitton - out of my price range in about 100 different ways, but I love the collaboration (thanks in part, of course, to the creative genius of Marc Jacobs as always...).

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I will admit that I didn't know Ornette Coleman was still living (sorry, Mr. Coleman!) but I'm glad to hear that he is and that he's curating this festival in London.

Anything from Alain de Botton is always on my reading list, and this edition is gorgeous.

A cool photographic exhibit on street food.

Photos of Harlem, 1970-2000, on exhibit at the New York Historical Society.

Today marks the start of Bonnaroo - have fun everyone!

"There's a movement to make it a little more political this year. But if we tone it down because of what others might think of us, we don't deserve to use the word pride." - Mikayla Connell, president of San Francisco Pride's board of directors, about trying to strike a balance between being a political event and a celebration of all things LGBT-related


Colbert mocks "don't ask, don't tell" in front of troops.

Marimekko releases beautiful wallpaper collection.

Left: Gorey.

Yum!  Margarita popsicles.  Now, if only it would get hot here...

Lisa Loeb "Stay" - extra awesomeness/ hilariousness points for being directed by Ethan Hawke.

Interesting article about a stay-at-home dad.  I appreciated the discussion of his legitimate and honest concerns about "masculinity."