Tuesday, February 21, 2023
The internet and music streaming took away the pleasure of going to record stores to look for sides I didn't have. On the other hand, I am presently reading a biography of Sonny Rollins, and when a particular song is referenced I can just dial it up and listen. I miss the physical artifact- the cover art, the liner notes- but the tradeoff seems mostly worth it.
Wednesday, February 15, 2023
This will be pay-walled, I'm sure. For future reference, then:
The Grieving Families Act would add “emotional loss” as a new category of damages. There’s no guidance as to how much money would fairly and adequately compensate the bereaved for their emotional loss. How could there be? What is the quantum of grief? This would be entirely up to juries, and it is difficult to imagine that jurors would be parsimonious in applying this balm.
That comes with a cost: businesses have insurance, and insurance charges premiums based on potential exposure. People have insurance too: We insure our homes, and our cars, so that we are not personally exposed when an accident happens. The supporters of the Grieving Families Act have not accounted for the costs that this expansion of existing law would amount to, and until we have seen what that looks like all we can know is that there will surely be costs.
The Legislature should go back to the drawing board and come back with some answers.
Friday, February 10, 2023
From the Paris Review, an essay about Bob Dylan's "Mississippi", sort of. I can't say that I have a permanent favorite Dylan song, but "Mississippi" is in heavy rotation. Every line holds enough to write a novel about