I’m wondering if this tracks the experience of more recent law school graduates

I’m reading Benjamin E. Wise’s biography of William Alexander Percy, about which I have fairly mixed feelings leaning a degree or so to the negative, and I encountered this quote as the epigram for a chapter:

I have enjoyed spells of more intense happiness but never three years of uninterrupted happiness as I did at […]

Government Dismisses Charges in Eaton v. Frisby criminal case

In a dramatic development, the Southern District U.S. Attorney’s office moved yesterday to dismiss all criminal charges arising out of the Eaton v. Frisby case. The Government moved to dismiss with prejudice, which the court did, and which means the criminal case is ended and will never be pursued again.

The motion and order do […]

A word for recent graduates


Book recommendation about the Hatfield-McCoy feud

For those watching the miniseries and wanting more, here’s a really excellent book from the 80s about the Hatfield McCoy feud. It’s by Altina Walker, titled Feud: Hatfields, McCoy and Social Change in Appalachia, 1860-1900. It appears to be still in print, available from your local independent bookseller.

It’s wonderful southern / legal / Appalachian […]

Ry Cooder recounts his first encounter with Doc Watson

When Ry Cooder was sixteen, he encountered Doc Watson. He writes in the New York Times ArtsBeat blog:

Doc Watson, who died on Tuesday at age 89, was the first truly great guitar player I ever saw up close. …

… Doc and the banjo player Clarence Ashley and some of the boys drove out […]

Ole Miss Lyceum on a post card, circa 1910

John Cofield, who found this postcard online, dates it circa 1910. The wings were added in 1903 (and the clock, which is absent, would be added by the class of 1927). This is from the middle of what is now the circle. Looking down the sidewalk, I’m thinking I don’t see the circle at […]

RIP Doc Watson, one of the great Southern musicians

Doc Watson, born Arthel Watson in Deep Gap, North Carolina in 1923, died today.

He was an extraordinary guitar player in Merle Travis’s lineage (he named his son Merle), tied into deep traditions in his part of the mountains of North Carolina. He was blind before his first birthday.

He was playing locally in a […]

50 years of tornado activity, mapped

This map tracks tornado action for the last fifty years from NOAA data, with the intensity of the track showing how powerful the tornado was.

Here’s a closeup look at Mississippi, which at a glance seems as busy as anywhere, no surprise. The easiest border to spot in all the action is with Alabama– […]

Judge Biggers to Sid Backstrom: Don’t ask for any favors if you haven’t been straight with me

This is apparently the week for the district judges in the Northern District of Mississippi to remind folks that the defendants in the Scruggs case haven’t exactly been honest with those courts. First, Judge Davidson made clear he thought Joey Langston had lied in denying a bribe in the Scruggs II hearing. Second, Judge Biggers […]

Very Sad News: Times Picayune to go to 3 day a week publishing

New Orleans will become the largest city in America without a daily newspaper. Poytner reports:

Times-Picayune publisher Ashton Phelps Jr. has confirmed that the newspaper will cease daily publication, moving to three days a week in the fall: Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. He also confirmed staff cuts, though he didn’t say how large they will […]