Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Pro Bono

From 1992 through 1996, I managed public-interest litigation in Washington state. Key decisions are listed below by year, venue, and client.

Shoreline Hearings Board:
(Whatcom Falls Neighborhood Association)

Growth Management Hearings Board:
(Whatcom Environmental Council)
(North Cascades Audubon Society)

Growth Management Hearings Board:
(Whatcom Environmental Council)

Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Darling

In the early 1820s, white Americans, having noticed the presence of a growing number of ex-slaves on the streets of northern cities, began to realize for the first time that they were facing not just a slavery problem, but a race problem as well. ...Its dimensions were mythic and deeply threatening to most white Americans' dearly held view of themselves as a morally and racially pure, not to say, superior, people. ...

And thus, in short order, was established the first U.S. colony. Soon to be known as the Republic of Liberia, it was organized from the start to operate not as a straightforward colony, but as a covert surrogate, clamped tight to the white-skinned leg of its North American founding fatherland. ...

The black Americans in Africa had duplicated nicely the old Southern and Caribbean plantation overseer system.

--from The Darling, a novel by Russell Banks

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Ron Rash

The intensity of the images and emotions Ron Rash evokes in Chemistry and Other Stories requires a novel of him. Fortunately, he has responded to this demand. We look forward to reading more.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Nora Pierce

Nora Pierce's novel The Insufficiency of Maps is one of the most gripping books I've ever read. Many thanks to Sherman Alexie for the recommendation.