Monday, February 26, 2007

Heald "Discovers" Lost Script: A new Meeting of Minds

Paul J. Heald, Univ. of Georgia, has posted an unusual paper on SSRN, Meeting of the Minds, Episode II: a Dark and Angry God Arises. The paper is written in the form of a script for the TV series, Steve Allen's Meeting of Minds. Here's the abstract, as posted by Heald:
In 1988, Professor Heald found a lost manuscript of Steve Allen's groundbreaking television show, “A Meeting of the Minds.” In that episode, published in 6 J. of Law & Rel. 279, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Mark Kelman, Blaise Pascal, and Richard Posner discussed the nature of law. While completing renovation of a house, possibly visited by Allen, Heald recently found another manuscript jammed on top of an old water tank. The present episode reveals a lively discussion of Columbine, the death penalty, and the nature of retribution between Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C.-65 A.D.), C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), Jerry Falwell, and Milner Ball.

1 comment:

Dean C. Rowan said...

Prof. Heald's paper may be "unusual," but it's not entirely unprecedented. Richard Lanham, the English literary scholar and rhetorician, published a commentary in Houston Law Review set in "the Interminable Present of a TV talk show" (as Lanham notes in the article's reprint in his book The Economics of Attention), including conversants Boffin Pundit, J.D., Barbie, and others. Lanham's topic was copyright in the Dead Sea Scrolls. The commentary appears as Richard A. Lanham, Barbie and the Teacher of Righteousness: Two Lessons in the Economics of Attention, 38 Houston L. Rev. 499 (2001).