Issa gets all the space around here, but I also admire and enjoy
the haiku of the two other great classical Japanese haijin, Basho and Buson. As
the harvest moon wanes, I want to share an example of moon haiku from each of
them. (The first one presented here, from Buson, was the very first haiku that
I went around quoting to friends — to demonstrate just how wonderful haiku can be.)
Such a moon–
Even the thief
pauses to sing.
walking around the pond
all night long
and a non-lunar Basho bonus:
Year after year
on the monkey’s face
a monkey face
last load washed
the dryer won’t start
[Sept. 30, 2004]
Catholic Church’s Index of prohibited books. And since politics are everywhere, I wonder how
being a libertarian squares with being a devout Catholic. Sincere inquiries from an apostate.
I wonder if Sun Microsystem’s president-blogger Jonathan Schwartz, or journalist David Kirkpatrick,
has found a way to figure out how many actual people “read” Jonathan’s site (they claim 35,000 a
Update: In response to our recent post, Dennis Kennedy was kind enough yesterday to email me a lengthy explanation for the decision not to include any items from ethicalEsq in a list of materials on alternative billing by lawyers that he and Tom Mighell, composed for the current edition of Law Practice Today, which focuses on alternative billing. I want to clarify that my reason for wanting this weblog to be included on the LPT link list is the different perspective it brings to the topic of alternative or value billing, as compared to the cheerleading found in virtually all other materials, which do not tend to deal with legal ethics or reducing legal fees. Although I did not find Dennis’ explanation to be fully satisfactory, I must note that the Trackback problem at Dennis’ site has been (more than) remedied — thanks, DMK!
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This is Banned Books Week, and a good time to be thankful for our freedom of expression and
vigilant in guarding that right. Of course, our right to read or write a book is greater than our right
to have that book available at a public library. The American Library Association’s theme for BBW 2004
is Elect to Read a Banned Book. Find out more about banned and challenged books here.
Since the weblog world loves lists, why not let us know how many of the most-challenged books
since 1990 you have read? [Only six for me.] Click here to see the top twenty from 1990 – 2000 (the ALA
lists the top 100), and this year, plus the reasons for the challenges.
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This past Sunday (Sept. 26, 2004), the New York Times “weddings” page featured three
the Times article told the story of their courtship and resulting wedding on September 18th.
In our guest poet archive, you can find links to postings that feature Roberta, a lawyer-poet who works in
D.C. Many of her haiku reflect a journey from divorce through nurturing a new trust upon which to build a new marriage. Congratulations and best wishes to Roberta and Frank (you lucky guy!).
the frown my sister
the new wife’s rump
bigger than mine
the poet-bride . . .
thanks a lot,
no moonshadow tonight
[Sept. 29, 2004]
on a clear, rainless night
Among other things, Tom Mighell was kind enough today to point us all to The
will officially change its name to — drum roll — “ALM “on October 1st. I can’t tell you how
much we need another bland, meaningless acronym. Surely, it represents the pulsing
creativity and integrity of panoply of ALM publications and services. Check here for
other meanings of the ALM acronym (I like “a la mode” and “application Loadable Module”).
Dear Political Fundraisers of All Stripes: Please read Prof. Bainbridge‘s online missive (Sept. 29) to the National Republican Senatorial Committee and draw the proper conclusions and analogies to your own tactics. Also, stop trying to fool me with addressing script that looks like handwriting, and offering me credit cards from companies famous for ripping off folks who have poor credit. ‘Nough said (I wish).
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Yusuf Islam, f/k/a Cat Stevens, has penned an op/ed piece appearing in today’s Los Angeles Times (Sept.28, 2004), in which he describes his trip last week to the U.S.A. and instant deportation. “Something Bad Has Begun: The former Cat Stevens says he hasn’t changed but the U.S. has.” Islam says “I am a victim of an unjust and arbitrary system, hastily imposed, that serves only to belittle America’s image as a defender of the civil liberties that so many dearly struggled and died for over the centuries.” Click here for other important excerpts.
Although it’s off-topic, we’ve been following this story for a week (see here and here) — probably because of our long affection for the music of Cat Stevens. So far, Mr. Islam’s explanations seem far more plausible than the charges against him — whether new or regurgitated. I also believe we should listen closely to Privacy International’s concerns about the overly intrusive nature of the US-VISIT system.
in this world
among insects too…
good singers, bad singers
by Kobayashi Issa, translated by David G. Lanoue
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my brother going out
the almost silent lap
of river oars
(Edited by Jim Kacian and Dee Evetts, Red Moon Press, 2001)
the pale orange moon
a bright orange sky
[Sept. 28, 2004]
Let me raise my small voice to protest the breach of confidentiality by the 2000 Supreme Court law clerks regarding Bush v. Gore. Only illegality or unethical judicial conduct could possibly justify violating the confidentiality between clerk and court — and Vanity Fair would surely not be the proper forum. (see law.com; via Legal Reader)
Overlawyered.com points to a telling column in the Boston Globe, Why the 9/11 fund was a mistake. Besides all the greed and deceit, Jeff Jacoby echoes my feelings: “To begin with, there was the injustice of having the feds bestow multimillion-dollar jackpots on the Sept. 11 families when countless other families struck by tragedy get nothing.”
Today’s TISK! update reveals where f/k/a stands on passive lying by lawyers, contingency fee ethics, Stanley Fish, the dreaded “haiku syllable myth,” and more.
A hat tip from this “liberal” competition-consumer advocate to Prof. Bainbridge
, for his stance on importing drugs from Canada. Beyond the conservative opponents, I wonder who the Democrats opposing importation think they are protecting.
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Here’s another bountiful crop of harvest-moon haiku dedicated to our weblog colleagues.
for haiku lover Robert Ambrogi of LawSites
in the harvest moonlight
sake is flowing
waterfall and moon
on one knee
frog in the evening
for the long-overdue Stuart Levine at TaxBizLaw
the moon at your feet
for soloist supreme Carolyn Elefant of MyShingle
if only she were here
for me to nag…
where will you moon-gaze
a lucky fox
deigns to bark…
spooning up soup
and bringing forth
the autumn moon
my hut’s mosquitoes
go out to make a living…
“Gimme that harvest moon!”
cries the crying
how many mountains resemble
the ones back home?
do you shine
so I’ll steal the plum blossom
the defeated wrestler, too
joins the crowd…
drinking her sake…
a moonlit night
under my bottom
the stone warms up…
the hazy moon…
on a clear, rainless night
for lawyer-poet >Deborah Sirotkin Butler
glimpsing the moon
over my home village…
also brings tears
– click here for over a hundred autumn moon haiku by Kobayashi Issa
– many thanks to the translator, author-poet, professor David G. Lanoue
– see our tribute to the October Hunter’s Moon, a/k/a Blood Moon, here.
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one-breath pundit [with update]
Yes, like Horace, we know that “Even the worthy Homer sometimes nods.” (cf. A. Pope)
Along with LPT, check out our favorite relevant postings, replete with questions, opinions, links:
Update (Sept. 28, 2004): Maybe this forgetfulness is more Pope [ “Those oft are stratagems which errors seem, Nor is it Homer nods, but we that dream”] than Horace. Dennis Kennedy isn’t accepting my trackback pings from this post. Let us (and Dennis) know whether you find our treatment “useful.”
Update (Sept. 30, 2004): In response to this post, Dennis Kennedy was kind enough yesterday to email me a lengthy explanation for the decision not to include any items from ethicalEsq in the list compiled for Law Practice Today. I want to clarify that my reason for wanting this weblog to be included on the LPT link list is the different perspective it brings to the topic of alternative or value billing, as compared
to the cheerleading found in virtually all other materials — which do not tend to deal with legal ethics or reducing legal fees. Although I did not find Dennis’ explanation to be fully satisfactory, I must note that the Trackback problem at Dennis’ site has been (more than) remedied — thanks, DMK!
what did you forget?
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Master Issa and haikuEsq interrupt your weblogging to remind you to look up and enjoy the Harvest Moon tonight and the next three nights. We’ll be dedicating a sampling of autumn moon haiku to various weblog friends and colleagues for the next few days (all haiku by master Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa, translated by author-poet, professor David G. Lanoue):
trying and trying
to grasp the harvest moon–
for Wm. J. Dyer of Beldar fame
aiming their butts
at the moon…
rice field geese
is just as he is…
on a stone a teacup
filled with sake
when my heart’s had its fill
the mountain moon
gives the blossom thief
on the moonlit spider web
in a little thicket too
on the river back home too
which of you owns
that red moon
the sake gone
time to buckle down
wherever you are
the harvest moon
after renting the house
the first thing: moon gazing
in the harvest moonlight
for Rick Klau at tins
my lap would be a pillow
if my child were here
for Prof. Bainbridge at his eponymous weblog
the peddler selling
eight cent sake
no pissing on the moon
in the waves!
for Dennis Kennedy of the snazzy new DMK.com
the Man on the Moon
looks to be about
for John F. Kerry:
going back in
with the moon out
it seems to shrink back…
for editor-emeritus Prof. Yabut:
on harvest moon night
greeting the moon…
for the lighting crew –
[Sept. 27, 2004]
We collect more Harvest Moon haiku here and there.
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full of faded clothes
a small boy peeps under
the makeshift curtain
in English-Language Haiku (Jim Kacian, Dee Evetts, eds. Red Moon Press, 2001)
are more likely than non-viewers to know candidate’s positions and backgrounds? A joke is
Will everyone who has NOT made a bad Cat-Stvens-song-title pun in the past 5 days please raise
their hand? The rest of us need to exercise more discipline and creativity.
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[click here for full-color photo-poem]
a table for one–
in the inner courtyard
first cold night–
smell of hot dust
from the vent
[click here for full-color photo-poem]
harvest moon comes tonight
over Wal-Mart —
[Sept. 26, 2004]
Saratoga Springs, NY, has a fresh approach to choosing a “community novel,” which they hope will be read by the entire City in 2005 — let the community itself choose “a single novel rich enough to sustain invigorating dialogue.” After starting this Spring with more than 100 titles, ballots from the public have narrowed the list to five novels, with the final Saratoga Reads! title to be chosen in further voting that ends on October 10th.
The final five books are:
Nobody’s Fool, by Richard Russo
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
The public can vote online or at one of several polling stations in town.
Marci Oddi has fascinating coverage at her Indiana Law (we)Blog on the tension between privacy, security and access to public records created by aerial mapping/photography.
Another TISK! update finds f/k/a Home Alone in Little Conversations” reflecting on bariatrics Gosh, Jerry, maybe it’s too easy for weblogs to get #1 ratings from Google et al.
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