Making and Unmaking the Prospects for Rhetoric: Selected Papers from the 1996 Rhetoric Society of America Conference

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MARVIN DIOGENES University of Arizona


The Rhetoric Blues

The historical links between rhythm and blues and rhetoric are well known. The following landmarks from the rock 'n' roll 'n' rhetoric tradition, based on work by Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley, were performed at the conference's opening reception by Arizona's own English Department "Composition Blues Band": Barry Briggs, guitar; Larry Burkett, guitar; Clyde Moneyhun, guitar; John Warnock, bass; Marvin Diogenes, lyrics and vocals.


Rhetor B. Goode

Before the modern era, five hundred BC
They overthrew a tyrant down in Sicily
The people there contested every point they could
Taught by a sophist boy called Rhetor B. Goode
He never ever learned to read or write so well
But he could argue both sides as persuasive as hell

Go, go,
Go, Rhetor, go, go, go
Go, Rhetor, go, go, go
Go, Rhetor, go, go, go
Go, Rhetor, go, go, go
Rhetor B. Goode

When Rhetor got no tenure down at Syracuse
He went peripatetic, yes, he got real loose
Wearin'out his sandals ramblin' Athens way
The Greeks all gathered 'round to hear that Rhetor play
He said, "I'll teach you practical philosophy,
and the thing about the truth is its contingency"

Go, go. . . .

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