'Scandal': Fifty shades of black and white
If 'The West Wing' tried to portray the U.S. presidency as a complex world peopled by generally decent people, 'Scandal’ portrays ax-grinders.
The Roman poet Horace is credited with coining the expressions for the two contrasting ways of opening a narrative. According to him (in his Ars Poetica, 13 B.C.E.) you can tell the story ab ovo (literally, “from the egg,” i.e. from the beginning, incidentally implying that it all started with the egg, and not with the chicken), or you can start the...
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