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October 8, 2012

“I like work. I like idleness. I like all that I know (very little). I like on trust all that I know not (a very great deal). I like reading, good wine, talking to my friends (my wife says that I talk too much; she may be right). I like town, I like the country, the sea, and the mountains. I like travelling, sea voyages, boating, the theatre, walking, dancing, motoring, swimming, music, animals, pictures, flowers, and the sound of the horn. ‘Then you like everything?’ Yes, Madam, everything. That is why I am never bored. My conduct is seemly, my digestion still good. I pay landlord and taxes – I have no alternative! – and I never forget to vote.”

– Joseph Hémard, Joseph Hémard, a Short Autobiography (Paris, 1929).

Joseph Hémard: A Short Autobiography. 1929. Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library. Hémard’s self-portrait.

“ ‘And then I drew for books’: The Comic Art of Joseph Hémard,” curated by Farley P. Katz and Mike Widener, is on display Sept. 15 - Dec. 15, 2012, in the Rare Book Exhibition Gallery, Level L2, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School.

October 5, 2012

Mark Weiner has posted a video on his Worlds of Law blog, which features our Supreme Court Bobblhead Collection. In “A Philosophical Reflection on Judicial Bobbleheads”, Weiner uses the bobbleheads as a point of departure for a comparison between the judiciary in the U.S. and Germany. You can also view the video on YouTube.

The cataloging of our Bobblehead Doll Collection was completed just this week, and Mark Weiner’s video is a direct result. You can browse the entire collection via the record for the Bobblehead Doll Collection in our online catalog, MORRIS.  In addition, the records for the Supreme Court Bobbleheads feature thumbnail images (like the one shown here) derived from the “Annotated Bobbleheads” on the website of The Green Bag, the “journal of entertaining law” that issues the bobbleheads.

Thanks to Mark Weiner for the video, to our cataloger Susan Karpuk for her fine cataloging, to Mary Jane Kelsey (Associate Librarian for Technical Services) for linking the thumbnail images, and to Ross Davies, editor of The Green Bag, for designating the Lillian Goldman Law Library as the official Supreme Court Bobblehead archive.


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