September 4, 2010
A Brief Bit of Bragging, FWIWPosted by Alan Childress
A good week with the project on republishing classics and publishing new work, also that my son turned 18, and the new students are so engaged and interesting. As to the project, the top ten eleven in "Jurisprudence" (Ok, top 11's a bit of a cheat, but no. 1 has not been available for a while now!--do not know why), at the Amazon Kindle Store are linked, and our books are 3, 4, 6, 11 (and all have paperbacks too). Plus Ted White's Patterns is at 26. So the number 3 is:
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Indeed, some wonderful stuff (speaking as a grateful recipient) and you should be pleased: an exemplification of yeoman's labor for the greater good.
And Jeff should help with the publicity/marketing in his guest blogging stints, perhaps under the heading of "Synergistic Blogging and Professional Solidarity on Behalf of the the Republic of Legal & Sundry Forms of Literacy in a Time and Place Desperately in Need of Same." (For the neophyte: I'm attempting to emulate a Lipshaw-like blog post title.)
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Sep 4, 2010 3:42:40 PM
Well, it looks like Frank Pasquale beat Jeff to it: http://www.concurringopinions.com/archives/2010/09/childresss-quid-pro-books.html
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Sep 4, 2010 5:12:25 PM
Thanks, PSOD. That's one of Jeff's racheted-down titles, I suppose, but close enough. Wonder if he will use it at The Faculty Lounge, hmmm.... But seriously, thank you for the kind comments, too, over at concurring opinions.
As a follow-up, I should add that none of those numbers at Amazon's ratings is right anymore and indeed it seems like under their rating system, a 15 minutes of fame would be twice the amount they allot you. Life moves at the speed of life on the internet, and I was a hasbeen by noon-thirty.
I do enjoy looking at the list in the right corner of Yahoo! where it tells me what stories are "trending now" (and noticing it replaced what was trendy an hour ago when I looked). I have also noticed that the first three names they mention almost invariably constitute just the worst three-way you can imagine. Try it sometime.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Sep 5, 2010 7:54:48 AM
I am appreciating these books as well. One nice aspect, for a new professor, is the "this really is a book you need to read" vetting that is inherent in the selection.
Is there a list out there somewhere of the 50 or 100 books that every new law professor ought to be familiar with?
Posted by: Ray Campbell | Sep 6, 2010 5:42:34 PM
Ray, great question and welcome to the academy. I am pretty sure that other blogs did that in posts about 2 or 3 years back, called the "canon of law" or something like that. I know Lipshaw knows, and Patrick! There were some nice discussions about exactly that--what books should every law prof have read. So let's hope they see this and weigh in on it.
Jeff, it would also be a nice roundup at The Faculty Lounge (and here) for you to link to various posts that are now fairly old that collect such essential works; you'd get a lot of debate in comments.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Sep 7, 2010 6:48:58 AM
Over at PrawfsBlawg back in 2006 there was a "Research Canons Project" in which we submitted lists for various areas of the law. At their home page on the left, click on under "Categories," "Research Canons."* And I have a few of my own larger bibliographies (i.e., most with more than a hundred titles), many of which haved to do with the law, as part of the Directed Reading series, which you can access here (although started in 2008, most of the bibliographies are from 2009 and 2010): http://ratiojuris.blogspot.com/2008/03/directed-reading.html
I recommend starting with the Prawfs lists, which are more manageable, whereas mine might prove useful for extensive research.
Posted by: Patrick S. O'Donnell | Sep 8, 2010 5:12:42 AM
Yep, that was what I was remembering, the Research Canons. I KNEW Patrick would know.
Posted by: Alan Childress | Sep 11, 2010 12:57:07 PM