A Resilient Reunion, the Next Gen, and Justice in the Criminal Justice System

September Partners’ Picks

Looking for something worthwhile to read the next time your subway is delayed? Here are some recommendations from the partners at BFK Law.


Lee Bergstein

It is Fall so let’s turn to the small screen. As a big Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind fan, it should come as no surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot episode of director Michael Gondry and Jim Carrey’s reunion venture, Kidding. The story of a Mr. Rogers-on-steroids TV personality who struggles to maintain his optimism and kindness in the face of devastating personal tragedy is at once the perfect platform for Gondry’s dark, oddball humor, and a relevant guide on not allowing circumstance (or climate) to dictate how you treat people. Plus, Frank Langella.

With the caveat that these generational studies are always overly broad (especially early on), this article from The Wall Street Journal provides some interesting insights into the next generation of workers, clients, business owners and lawsuit counter-parties! Also, let’s come up with a better name for them than “Generation Z.” The fact that we are still trying to play off the Gen X thing is getting silly.

I haven’t been able to put down An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. The novel tells the story of Roy and Celestial, a young African-American couple, whose lives together are ripped apart when Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s an incredibly powerful story about family, love, and the our deeply flawed criminal justice system. (And if you’re not sold yet, it was also a 2018 Oprah Book Club selection and on President Obama’s recent summer reading list.)

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