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So I realize that this is perhaps a bit… shall we say, behind the times? However, I’ve been out of touch in the past few weeks, what with leaving the city, being on the road, and such, so I feel that I ought to put my two cents in, about now.

current supreme court

current supreme court

The most shocking thing that I’ve read so far is that according to The Nation, Wendy Long — counsel to the conservative group The Judicial Confirmation Network — criticized Judge Sotomayor, saying

She thinks that judges should dictate policy, and that one’s sex, race, and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench.

Since when does one’s sex, race, and ethnicity not affect the decisions “one renders from the bench?” Clearly, social and ethnographic factors should not be the only reasons for nominating an individual to such a powerful position. But we are fools if we do not consider that the other justices — eight of nine being Caucasian, and eight of nine being male — do not speak from their own sex, race, ethnicity, and social class.

(not to mention that she has not proven herself to be overwhelmingly progressive.)


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SO, since i’ve been “really busy” with “working” and “stuff,” i’ve been ignoring quite a few things that i need to do. and somehow, always at the bottom of the TO DO list, is returning my library books.

Why is this? I love the library. I love what it represents, the egalitarian nature of it, the populist sentiment of it all, the shear NUMBER of books that are constantly being read, and reread, and are yet to be read, by me, the patron. but somehow, without fail, i am lax about both reading and returning the unsuspecting library books. my fines are a constant headache. one time when i was in middle school i was nearly taken to collections both for the amount, and for the longevity of my owed account.

among the books that i (not so) recently have “borrowed” (i use this term liberally, as it is more of an extended term borrow), I don’t know that i have read any of them all the way through. it has to have been months since the last time i even picked them up and pretended that i was going to read them. but i somehow, have this bizarre delusion that i’m going to suddenly have all the time in the world to read these books that i haven’t been inspired to read up to this point.

i. am. in. denial.

it’s too bad though, because there are a lot of good ones in the pile:

  1. Los detectives Salvajes (The Savage Detectives), Roberto Bolaño. Ok, I really think that I’m going to get around to this one. Especially because I just read this article by Carmen Boullosa about Bolaño, and the time period, and yeah. Definitely not returning this one yet.
  2. The Selected Poems of Tomaz Salamun. I honestly don’t know why I held onto this one. I started to read these and knew that I wasn’t going to finish the book. Why.
  3. Spanish-American Literature, Jean Franco. So I read part of another book by her, and it was really awesome and intelligent, but it’s super academic and ever for someone who enjoys reading literary theory in their freetime…
  4. Posada: El novio de la muerte. this one is pretty amazing, it’s like a children’s book about the “life and times” of Jose Posada, mexican artist, know as an artist “of the people.” his images are like this and this and this, and overall pretty amazing. the book is like in graphic novel form, so that’s always awesome.
  5. The Museum of Unconditional Surrender, Dubravka Ugrešić. a heavy read. maybe i’ll come back to it, but i should have just returned it…
  6. José Clemente Orozco, a biography… also amazing mexican artist/muralist. (i know, i know, you’re probably wondering: if he’s so amazing, why haven’t you read the book at this point? i have no answer).

i think it really boils down to the fact that i am a procrastinator at heart, which, funnily enough, is what i am doing exactly right now, avoiding running errands and whatever else it is that i responsibly ought to be doing, as the responsible adult that i am (ha). enjoy!

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