A dialog between Tiberius Caesar and Nerva

Barrett Brown

I am the founder of the distributed think-tank Project PM and a regular inactive to Vanity Fair and Skeptical Inquirer. My work has also appeared in The Onion, National Lampoon, New York Press, D Magazine, Skeptic, McSweeney's, American Atheist, and a couple of newspapers in the U.S. and Mexico as well as a few policy journals. I'm the author of two books and serve as a consultant to various political entities and private clients.

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7 Responses

  1. Teri says:

    Since I can’t write in cuniform, here is my Sumerian Cheer and translation!
    [níg]-ge-na-da a-ba in-da-di nam-ti ì-ù-tu
    Whoever has walked with truth generates life.Report

  2. Pat Cahalan says:

    Being, at present, a member of a neighborhood association, I humbly request authorization to reproduce this at our next membership drive (with a minor edit, as profanity doth offend some of the sensitive ear).Report

  3. North says:

    Personally I always preferred Trajan.Report

  4. I think I can spot the point where you lost interest in the dialogue:

    Tiberius: Could I interject?
    Nerva: So it would seem.

    It was really quite engaging before that. Then you went for the cheap stuff. You give up too easily, Barrett! Don’t underestimate your audience!Report

    • Barrett Brown in reply to Transplanted Lawyer says:

      Several of the lines before that were pretty cheap, actually, and most of the call-and-response insults at the beginning were kind of trite. You are right about that particular exchange, though. I tend to get irritated by my own writing style.Report