Theory of War, Joan Brady
This book is insane. It’s the story of a white boy sold into slavery after the Civil War and uses von Clausewitz to follow his lifelong vendetta against his captors – sort of a reverse Gladiator plot. And then we see emotional wreckage with four of his seven children ending their own lives in suicide. All credit goes to TheExecutive here because this book is fucking amazing.
The Correspondence Of Marcus Cornelius Fronto to Marcus Aurelius (free) Marcus Aurelius
I am so disappointed in myself for not finding this earlier. This is a collection of letters between Marcus Aurelius and Fronto, his mentor and friend. Fronto is the person who introduced Marcus to Epictetus – in fact, it’s widely believed that Fronto actually attended Epictetus’ lectures and gave Marcus his personal class notes. If you liked Meditations, you will shit yourself reading these. He pesters him to make sure he has been writing his daily maxims (the Meditations), chastises him for being lazy and they joke about interesting new words they’ve found. If you have a mentor, this book will make so much sense to you. I am fairly certain this is the only other thing Marcus Aurelius has ever written and it has been almost totally ignored by history. I wish I could do it justice – you just have to read it.
The Economics of Open Access Law Publishing (pdf) by Jessica Litman
I am only just starting to understand this but it is becoming a lot clearer. The paper is loose support for what I wrote about a few weeks ago. We’ve always believed that monetary incentives were the most powerful motivators of people but the internet realigns some of those priorities. A lot of people are using the word ‘love‘ but I think passion might be a better term. I think if you can start to think that way, it puts you miles and miles ahead of the prevailing backwards mindset.
Nobody who participates in any way in the law journal article research, writing, selection, editing and publication process does so because of copyright incentives. Indeed, copyright is sufficiently irrelevant that legal scholars, the institutions that employ them and the journals that publish their research tolerate considerable uncertainty about who owns the copyright to the works in question, without engaging in serious efforts to resolve it. They do this because they view the production of legal scholarship as within their core mission, as important to the legal academy as their function of educating lawyers. Once that scholarship is generated, moreover, its investors get the most bang for their buck if it is disseminated, read, and cited as widely as possible