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February 21, 2006


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Why is it, Doc, that we rhetoricians so much like Wealth Bondage? (We know, of course, why the Bondage likes the rhetoricians: we're the cheapest of cheap academic labor.) Since you're your organization's resident forensic hermeneuticist (and cited in many academic papers as such), I gotta ask: what is the rhetoric of wealth; the bonded rhetoric of markets; the profligate rhetoric of the gift?

Tell you what, Doc: I'm finishing the dissertation and a piece for a globalization anthology, but the later half of the summer's mostly free. I'll cite you in a piece on Strauss, Tacitus, and the discourse of the Web, if I can get a little in-print quid pro quo: what do you say to getting me a cite, too?

Yeah, I know it's a horribly venal request. But what else would a postcolonialist expect of a rhetorician?

Wealth Bondage,

Yes, this cassandra likes you, but she does not claim to understand you.

How many rhetoricians are there? How many rhetoricians does it take to screw in a...well, you tell me.

Best regards and many thanks for being you,

this cassandra

this cassandra better edit his/her own work before braggin' about being such a fine copyeditor. Those compound sentences need something to indicate their division; otherwise it gets to be all run on.

Moral: be brave and brash -- but back it up.

I did enjoy the idea of malfortune cookies on another page. Very nice.

Mike, cites are an alternative form of currency in academics, like cowrie shells in the Trobrian Islands? Convertible to cash at tenure? Sure, I will call you one cite, and raise you one book blurb.

Cassandra, WB is like a hole 3 feet deep, "wondrous dark, it may seem wondrous deep" (Swift).

Spinorb, the sublime is often composed in run on sentences and fragments all strung together. The merely beautiful is polished. Read Longinus for crying out loud.

Should I print Longinus out and read it to my children tonight as a bedtime story?

If I say I write well, but my sentence is composed badly, see here like this one, then you can assume I am a liar or a trickster.

Perhaps This Cassandra is a trickster? We could use more tricksters in the dumster.

I'll send you a hankie for the loud crying.

Villains can write pretty well, though it takes a lot out of them, and cost their firms lots of money. Few people write ads, or marketing hype, as a hobby.

O would that we all might print out Longinus and read him to our children as a bedtime story.

Longinus, and Juvenal, and Tacitus. O yes.

Tutor, I'll see your book blurb, and call.

Mike, now we need distinguished panel. I will convene you, then you can return the favor. Then we need a controversy. You take one side and call it a "Crisis of Wealth Bondage." I will take the other, and argue that Wealth Bondage has never been in better shape. We can keep it going for years.

A friend in public art tells me that being identified as pioneer, prime mover, or exemplar of a new movement is useful in his field. I don't believe he ever devised (or commissioned) the manifesto, though we kicked it around at breakfast a few times.

Spinorb, Just a note to let you know that my posts may or may not confirm your idea of run-on or poorly constructed sentences as indications that the writer of said sentences might be a liar or a trickster - hey, this could be a topic for a master's thesis. At least one insane parenthetical sentence finds its way into each of the longer posts (it's how I write, adding interesting-but-not necessarily-related-to-the-narrative tidbits off to the side), and now, when I write them I consider your comments, and am extra careful to ensure coherence.

Stop in when you have a moment, you are always welcome.

All the best,

this cassandra

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