Dionysus Caught Reading

I didn’t spy Mayor Jerry Sanders in the audience Friday night at The Theatre Inc.’s ancient Greek twinning of Prometheus Bound and Cyclops. Would he have found it edifying? This week, under the direction of Mr. Sanders, large city vehicles roved the beaches of San Diego, removing concrete fire pits and secreting them into an …

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Christening a New Fallacy

If you’re a teacher of rhetoric, as I am, one of the skills you’d like your students to have is the ability to identify an argumentative fallacy so they can critique other arguments and also avoid fallacies in their own writing. There’s a standard list of fallacies you can use, and our culture seems to …

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Can Obama channel Old Hickory?

“Gentlemen, I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that …

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A Vision

My face was three inches from his face, max. I couldn’t tell for sure on account of the darkness, it being night and we being lightless, an “oversight.” He was on his back; I on my side. He doesn’t get my puns—the light/oversight thing. I’d taught him the word breeze earlier, my euphemism for the …

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