'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.

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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,...