By Mark Leibovich

Tim Russert is dead.
But the room used to be alive.
Big price tag Washington Funerals could make such nice networking possibilities. energy mourners hold stampeding down the pink carpets of the Kennedy heart, handing out company playing cards, touching base. and there's no time to waste in a gold rush, even (or specially) at a solemn tribal occasion like this.

Washington—This Town—might be loathed from each nook of the state, but those are enjoyable and busy days at this nexus of massive politics, immense funds, sizeable media, and massive vainness. There are not any Democrats and Republicans anymore within the nation's capital, simply millionaires. that's the grubby mystery of where within the twenty-first century. you'll always have lunch during this city back. irrespective of what number elections you lose, apologies you're making, or scandals you endure.

In This city, Mark Leibovich, leader nationwide correspondent for the hot York occasions journal, provides a blistering, stunning—and frequently hysterically funny—examination of our ruling class's incestuous "media commercial complex." via his eyes, we find how the funeral for a loved newsman turns into the social occasion of the yr. How political newshounds are fetishized for his or her skill to get their names into the predawn e mail despatched out through the city's strongest and puzzled-over journalist. How a disgraced Hill aide can conquer ignominy and perhaps emerge with a stronger "brand" than many elected participants of Congress. and the way an management bent on "changing Washington" might be sucked into the methods of This city with a similar ease with which Tea get together insurgents can, as soon as elected, settle into it like a hot bath.

Outrageous, interesting, and destined to win Leibovich an entire host of, er, new neighbors, This city is needs to studying, no matter if you're contained in the Beltway—or simply attempting to get there.

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The testimony is given by language itself and the god names a potentiality implicit in the very act of speech. The testimony that is in question in the oath must therefore be understood in a sense that has litde to do with much of what we normally understand by this term. It concerns not the verification of a fact or an event but the very signifying power of language. When in the discussion of the oath given by Hector to Achilles (//. 254—55), we read that the gods "are the fittest witnesses [mar- 34 The Sacrament of Language tyroi\ and guardians of all covenants [episcopoi harmoniaon]" the "joining together" (such is the original meaning of the term harmonia, which comes from the vocabulary of carpentry) of which the gods are witnesses and guardians can only be that which unites words and things, that is, the logos as such.

3. The oath is the logos of God, and only God swears truly. 4. Men do not swear by God but by his name. 5. Since we know nothing of God, the only certain definition that we can give of him is that he is the being whose logoi are borkoi, whose word testifies with absolute certainty for itself. The oath, defined by the correspondence between words and actions, here performs an absolutely central function. This happens not only on the theological level, in that it defines God and his logos, but also on the anthropological level, since it relates human language to the paradigm of divine language.

But is this really so? It has been observed that the testimony at issue here differs essentially from testimony in the proper sense, like that of a witness in a trial, because it cannot be contested or verified in any way (Hirzel, 25). And not only does the number of the divinities invoked tend to increase well beyond the number of "legal Gods" {nominoi theoi or theoi horkioi) to the point of including eight, sixteen, and finally "all gods" (as in the Hippocratic oath), but at times they include rivers, trees, and even inanimate objects (the "bridal bed," lechos kouridion in //.

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