Mark S. Weiner

A Virtual Tour of Law’s Picture Books

In Aesthetics, Books and libraries on October 17, 2017 at 8:20 am

Over at Concurring Opinions, Mike Widener and I are conducting a virtual tour of our “Law’s Picture Books” exhibit at the Grolier Club. We introduce the tour here.


I hope you can join us!

A Lovely Review; a Small Addendum

In Books and libraries on September 26, 2017 at 8:47 pm

This kind review of “Law’s Picture Books” appeared online today in the Wall Street Journal (on a gated site) and will be published in print tomorrow. The review, by the esteemed critic Edward Rothstein, calls the exhibit “unusual” and “eye-opening,” and it’s quite insightful about our intentions—hurrah!

Also today, these photographs of the exhibit have been posted to the Grolier Club Flickr gallery.

A small addendum for professional historians following up on the review and finding themselves here. In his completely understandable enthusiasm for the dramatic story of David S. Terry, Rothstein writes that the exhibit “tells us” that he was shot and killed by Justice Stephen Field. Scholars familiar with the details of the case will appreciate that we instead write that “Terry was shot and killed”—of course, Terry in fact was killed by Justice Field’s bodyguard, giving rise to the case of In re Neagle (1890). The case is a confusing one, as is the passive voice. My hat’s off to Rothstein for his insightful review, which brings together a great body of complex historical material.

The Political Philosophy of “Fire or suspend!”

In Constitutional law, Corporations, Freedom of speech, Legal Philosophy on September 25, 2017 at 3:15 pm

My latest post for the Niskanen Center, about President Trump’s encouraging fans to boycott the NFL, is here.