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    The Apology of Socrates, that is, his defense at his trial. I think I was 11. I hated the assigned book reports, but my mother intervened with my English teacher and got me permission to choose my own books to report on, as long as they were above grade level. Early Plato, where Socrates claims that his only wisdom is recognizing his ignorance, is not bad. Late Plato, such as The Laws and The Republic, are utterly disastrous manuals of oligarchic tyranny, as I first learned from reading Bertrand Russell.

    Jurgen, A Comedy of Justice, by James Branch Cabell, but not for school.

    I am in search of my wife, who has been carried off by a devil, poor fellow.
    Every science fiction book in my local library.

    Then I started reading my father's college math books.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 11:11:03 PM PDT

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