What is the best music album of all time?

I nominate John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme.” (P.S.: Here is the full album.)

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Open borders for thee but not for me

Although neither Tyler Cowen nor I have ever been to the island of Martha’s Vineyard (or what I prefer to call “NIMBY Island“), I found his take on “The Martha’s Vineyard saga” to be well worth reading.

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Throwback Thursday: do you remember the 21st night of September?

Either way, last night I posted a revised and corrected version of my forthcoming paper “Coase’s Parable,” which I will be presenting at a special symposium at Mercer Law School next month. (The symposium will now take place via Zoom, not in person as I was hoping for. I will provide additional details about the Mercer symposium next week.)

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Those are the opening words of the 1978 song “September” by one of the greatest North American bands of all time: Earth, Wind & Fire. For me, this song brings back so many beautiful memories from my childhood in Los Angeles, California. (Hat tip: Kottke.)

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Mark your calendar: October 6

That is the day the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. will be hosting a conference on “New Challenges to the Free Economy”–challenges from both the Progressive Left and the Populist Right. This all-day conference will bring together leading economists such as Hal Varian and policymakers like my colleague and friend Joshua Wright. You can attend in person or watch the livestream. Details are available here. (I will be there in person!)

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Lawyers are bad writers

That is the conclusion of this new research paper by Eric Martinez (MIT), Frances Mollica (Edinburgh), and Edward Gibson (MIT). Their fancy paper is awkwardly titled “Poor writing, not specialized concepts, drives processing difficulty in legal language,” so I am guessing that most academic researchers and “social scientists” are shitty wordsmiths too! (A more interesting paper would try to explain the reasons why most legal–and social science–writings are so terrible in the first place.) File under: true but trivial?

Pot calling the kettle black | Hypocrite, Funny, Funny quotes
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The end of an era

More details here.

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Academic freedom for me but not for thee

Why are so many progressive law professors afraid of allowing comments on their various blogs? (See my July 6 post, which I am reblogging below.) Their censored blogs are the “Martha’s Vineyard” of the Internet.

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File under: Annals of liberal law professor hypocrisy. Bonus material: check out this video by Johnny Harris calling out additional forms of progressive hypocrisy.

Happy Birthday, Adela!

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Alphabet Trucks

More details about Eric Tabuchi’s 2008 art project are available here.

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Friday funnies …

… if you have ever had to take a “conlaw” class.

“Supreme Court Bracket” via xkcd.
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Postcards from Tampa

I visited Tampa, Florida last week to attend a jury trial (my wife Sydjia was co-counsel for the defense); here are some snapshots from our hotel, which was a former federal courthouse:

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