Mark S. Weiner

Walking with Horatio Alger

In Aesthetics, Books and libraries, form, Gender, Law and literature, narrative, Video on August 30, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Horatio Alger doesn’t have much to do with law or legal history—except for the extraordinary fact that he was Justice Benjamin Cardozo’s private tutor for a spell. But I hope you’ll enjoy this video all the same. It’s about a wonderful old book I found a couple of weeks ago after a long hike.

Small Blank Space

The video is the first, draft installment in a series which, among other things, is giving me great practice in video editing in Adobe Premiere Pro—which, in turn, will allow me to create a long-planned series of videos that will tell the story of the development of the common law through the linked story of ten rare books.

 

Water, Paper, Law

In Aesthetics, narrative, form, Books and libraries, Conversations, Video on July 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

In my latest video, an eighteenth-century Italian legal treatise about water inspires some thoughts about law, rare books, and the passage of time. The video is part of a series I’m developing about rare law books. You can view the video here:

Small Blank Space

I’ve also posted the video on my new channel on Vimeo, to which I’ll be posting all my videos in the future.

Blackstone Goes Hollywood

In Aesthetics, narrative, form, Books and libraries, Conversations, Law and film, Video on May 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

I’ve made a new video—about Blackstone’s Commentaries. It’s also about storytelling form in legal history. My sister-in-law once named a fish Blackstone, which I thought was a very nice sign of respect to the great eighteenth-century explicator of the common law, but the fish plays no part in this video. But Humphrey Bogart does. And so does Orson Welles. You can watch the video here:

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 877 other followers