Sep. 14th, 2011

mackknopf: (Mack Lawyer)

Sarah Michelle Gellar is back on television starring in a new show. I approve!  She's even co-producing. To paraphrase an interview of the actress, she says "Ringer" is film noir, with some soap opera added in. I saw "Ringer" tonight with Pat. No supernatural elements -- the demons are psychological --, but I was drawn in. "It's about demons. It's a story of redemption. It's a story of what happens when circumstances put your life in a direction you never saw and you're trying to make amends for it, but you just keep getting deeper and deeper." -- SMG

So what's the setup?  Gellar plays twin sisters, one of who takes over the role of the other, richer and more successful, in a desperate bid to escape a bad situation.  Of course, the other sister had secret problems of her own...
"Double vision, double lives, the ultimate double cross. Don’t miss an all new Ringer this Tuesday at 9/8c on The CW! Ringer Video: Watch Ringer full episodes, previews, clips, interviews and more video. Sarah Michelle Gellar stars as a woman who, after witnessing a murder, goes on the run, hiding out..."

See also this funny interview with Sarah.

I also recommend another project by a strong, creative woman, Mary Anne Mohanraj.
M.A.H. used to be managing editor of Strange Horizons (an online magazine I was an editor at for a little while) and has published many erotic, wonderful works of fiction. I recommend a look at her website.  If you want to Kickstart her new book Demimonde (look up the title's definition) and put up a few dollars (which I did), you get nice things -- like the book if the capital gets raised -- plus the joy of being a patron to some great stories!  If the funds do not get successfully raised, you are charged nothing.
Demimonde is an erotic science fiction novel-in-stories by Mary Anne Mohanraj.

mackknopf: (My Words)
True words from attorney Amber Ladner: "Times of impact: 8:46 a.m. and 9:02 a.m. Time the burning towers stood: 56 minutes and 102 minutes. Time they took to fall: 12 seconds. 2819 dead from 115 different nations. 343 Fireman/paramedics, 23 NYPD, 37 Port Authority officers."

I will never forget. Except that an organization struck America, not a nation-state, I consider it like Pearl Harbor: "a day that will live in infamy." I was at the law school, just arriving for morning class, when my friend Rowena told me to come watch the televisions that morning, where a crowd had already gathered.  I called my Dad as soon as I'd taken in the news.  Soon afterwards, my Torts teacher taught her usual lesson, saying it was regrettable, but that school had to go on.  My Civil Procedure professor, however, said he couldn't teach through this, and dismissed everyone. 

My Criminal Law class was the one class I'd really wanted to go to, and the teacher threw aside the syllabus and coursebook to have a discussion section. 
My Professor, Dan Filler, said we would remember a session like this long after specific criminal law lessons had faded from our minds, and it turned out to be true for me.  We talked about the use and morality of torture in obtaining confessions, how Fox News was running any rumor it could find, and how hard it was to defend certain criminals, but that they all needed a defender for American justice to work. 

Dan, a former public defender, said he would defend Bin Laden himself if offered the job, and that is the attitude he took throughout his work -- that everyone got a proper defense.  However, he also opined that Osama would never be taken alive, a prophecy which would prove true.

I ended the day huddled around the television with friends at Celeste's apartment.  I think Celeste, Nicole, and Megan were all there with me, friends who have drifted apart now but whom I still miss.  Strange, scary times. As the anniversary has drawn closer, I've been thinking about the heroism, tragedies, and precariousness of those early times after the al-Qaeda attacks, where a small band of fanatics caused pain and terror on a mass scale.

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