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DoyleSrader
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« on: March 09, 2010, 04:57:30 PM »

Robert Harris' historical fiction books about Cicero, Imperium and Conspirata, are both fun. They're a little like a rhetorician's Popeye cartoon: the situation gets more and more grim, until suddenly Cicero jumps up and gives a speech, and you can almost hear the Popeye theme and see the spinach can coming out; all his problems go away in seconds. But that's not why I posted this here.

The narrator of the story is Tiro, Cicero's slave, developer of a shorthand system and renowned throughout Rome for his ability to take notes on speakers, no matter how rapidly they speak. In Imperium he has to demonstrate his ability several times for skeptical senators. As I read that, I thought "And here we all credited Laurence Tribe as the inventor of flowing."
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