By P. J. O'Rourke
Written with an analogous acerbic wit and infectious humor that has made P. J. O'Rourke essentially the most well known political satirists of all time, The Enemies checklist will retain you howling and his enemies scowling. From Noam Chomsky to Yoko Ono, from Peter, Paul, and Mary (yes, they're nonetheless alive) to all of the those that imagine quartz crystals healing herpes, from Ralph Nader to the full state of Sweden, P. J. O'Rourke has created a roster of the main dead, politically disgraceful, and downright silly humans round. even if a score process of S=Silly, VS=Very foolish, SML=Shirley MacLaine was once eventually forged apart, the distinguishing characteristic of the cluster of dunces offered this is silliness, now not political subversion. The Enemies record begun as an editorial within the American Spectator and, as readers contributed their very own feedback, fast grew right into a hilarious and slashing observation on politicians and celebrities alike. Now they've been named, we simply have to determine what to do with them. "To say that P. J. O'Rourke is humorous is like asserting that the Rocky Mountains are scenic - actual yet insufficient." - Chicago Tribune
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For readers approaching the Melian dialogue after Plato, the verb ὑπολαμβάνω is reminiscent of the turn-taking format of the Platonic dialogues in which interlocutors ‘talk back’ at each other. Wassermann observed that the balance of the dialogue, in terms of speaking time, is weighted in favour of the Athenians. 4). Compare Bosworth (1993) 34, with n. ). 1). I would argue that the Melians’ claim that submission to the Athenian empire would be slavery is not provocative (pace Bosworth), but echoes Athenian thinking on this point.
G. Gorg 448d, 449c, Rep. 1), Thomas (2000) 252–7. The beginnings of dialogue 37 in his conversation (dialegesthai, 334e). ’ (τίς ὁ τρόπος ἔσται τω̑ν διαλόγων, 336b). Things only get back on track when the host of the event advises Protagoras to trim his rhetorical sails, but he also urges Socrates not to insist on ‘this kind of conversation consisting in extremely short answers’ (μήτε σε τò ἀκριβὲς του̑το εἰ̑δος τω̑ν διαλόγων ζητειν̑ τò κατὰ βραχὺ λίαν, 338a). The opposition that is read into this text between Platonic dialogue through short questions and answers and sophistic harangues crumbles away upon a little reflection.
Rossetti (1975), Rutherford (1995) 29–35, Danzig (2003), with references on p. 285. 14 A different way of understanding the form is to consider its philosophical potential. After all, the pioneers in this genre were – setting the mysterious Alexamenus aside – followers of Socrates, and so may have adopted the form as the best expression of his particular philosophy. It is eminently plausible that one attraction of dialogue form was that it encouraged readers to reflect in some way upon the arguments being offered.