A wonderful trio of Yale Law School fashion bloggers, collectively known as ShangriLaw, has invited us to a Carnivale celebration on the Island of Superfantasticness. Just one catch -- it's for life. So what's a girl to pack?
After sitting for some time on top of a virtual heap of mentally summoned and discarded items, I thought about a recent conversation with my first-year Property students at Georgetown (where I'm visiting this semester). Among the grand theories of property, the universe, and everything that are part of our opening weeks is Professor Margaret Jane Radin's concept of "Property and Personhood," from a 1982 Stanford Law Review article of the same name. In it, she spins a now-classic legal theory from the basic intuition that "[m]ost people possess certain objects they feel are almost part of themselves." Typical of these adjuncts to personhood are things we wear, which represent our physical bodies and our self-perceptions to the world and may also evoke specific memories.
In packing for our tropical exile, then, the trick is to choose whatever will represent not only our personhood but also (adding to Prof. Radin's invocation of Hegel a thought from Heidegger) our most authentic selves.
So what's coming with me to the Island? A treasured heirloom jewel, a signature pair of heels, or some other yet-to-be-designed but sure-to-be-coveted objet? Well, let's just say that's a personal property question. ;)