Dagger in hand

A man of prodigious fortune, coming to add his opinion to some light discussion that was going on casually at his table, began precisely thus: "It can only be a liar or an ignoramus who will say otherwise than," and so on. Pursue that philosophical point, dagger in hand.

--Michel de Montaigne, Of the art of discussion.

Stab back: cmnewman99-at-yahoo.com


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Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Okay, this one I had to share. I'd bet that among the handful of people who visit this page there's a Kevin Smith fan or two. I like his movies as much as the next guy, and being a Daredevil fan (don't even ask how horrified I am that Affleck is playing him) was enthused to read what he'd done with the character. So I was happy to buy this and read it. And in fact, it was pretty good. Doesn't really hold a candle to the Frank Miller story he was trying to follow up, but pretty good nonetheless. At one point though, it contains a real howler. Matt Murdock, lawyer and Daredevil alter ego, is speaking in one of those internal narrative monologues that would be a voice over if it were in a movie and not a comic book:
"In law school, there's a second, less academic curriculum -- beyond the standard textbook stuff. You're taught to develop what they refer to in the profession as a "judgmental vacuum." It's the emotional void a lawyer has to find for himself in order to defend a client you feel may not be completely innocent...or just flat-out guilty. You're taught how to get beyond the self-loathing that can unravel an average person's sense of moral identity--all so even the most apparently guilty of parties can have the benefit of a fair trial. You're even taught to cherish Zantac, the ulcer medicine--because if you're lucky enough to make it though the day with your integrity intact, chances are whatever corrosion you save your soul will manifest itself in the lining of your stomach. You're prepared for an awful lot in law school ...

Okay, now. I'm even more confident that there are lawyers who read this page once in a while than I am that there are Kevin Smith fans. So somebody tell me. Am I the only one who missed that class?

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