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  • By Dale Williams
    Sep 11, 2009
    "A Rollicking Burlesque" Mediocrates, The Lost Philospher of Athens, is no "Philosophy for Dummies" novel. It's as superior to that pop culture invention as champagne is to Ripple. This laughter-provoking satire of Greek philosophers, like the author's earlier novel, The Life of Saint Dufus, delights readers who have wondered if American literature would ever again rise above the "Jackass" level. They want humor they can bite into, not idiocy that's forgotten the second its observed. Childress' novel gives readers that. Not yet 40, he is a master of wry burlesques, of satires that sneak up on you. His writing is sleek and understandable, but there is depth to that understanding based on his intensive research. A rollicking look at Greek philosophers, both real and imagined, it serves readers a low-key diet of laughter and smiles throughout. Mediocrates is humor of the best kind, memorable humor, not pattern writing. It's original to the bone. The funny... More > bone. Dale Williams Author/Journalist, Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Nominee< Less
  • By Carol Townsend
    Aug 10, 2009
    "A giggle from ancient times" Be sure to read everything: every footnote, every acknowledgement, each piece of small print, as there is sly, tongue-in-cheek, subtle, and not –so- subtle humour everywhere. This is the story of Mediocrates who lived in the Golden Age of Athens. Was he, or was he not, the wisest man in the world? The author calls himself an ‘investigative biographer’, and introduces himself in the prologue by telling the reader about the time he gave a speech at the annual symposium of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, where he met a man dressed like a chicken. His name was ‘Hippolyte Smakadukis’, a collector of antiquities who rouses the author’s curiosity about the little-known Greek philosopher Mediocrates. Much of the story reads like a serious essay on ancient Greece, with its inclusion of real historical figures such as Plato and Socrates, and there is a touch of pathos in the character of Mediocrates, so that the reader... More > feels a certain sympathy for him; that, and the story of the rejected lover. But then, the serious historical side is balanced by the humour, which is found not just in the body of the story, but also in the ‘asides’, and footnotes, and the pages are peppered with strange names: ‘Homophoros’,’Testocles’; ‘son of Shatner’, ‘son of Snakbar’, ‘son of Stiltzkin’. Look very carefully and you will find mention of the names of Oprah Winfrey, Orlando Bloom and ‘Tom Bombadil’, amongst others. The reader learns of little-known Greek myths, such as that of ‘Gluteus’, the god of corpulent buttocks, ‘Pheseus’,the god of frequent bowel movements, and ‘Satyriasis’, who fathered the duck-billed platypus. There are the ‘asides’ too, when the author recounts his bizarre interviews with various ‘experts’, or unfortunate events like his failure to win a ‘metaphor’ contest. The strange sayings of Mediocrates point to the 'twist' at the end, but I will not say any more, as you must read this intelligent and rib-tickling tale for yourself!< Less
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First Edition
St. Dufus Press
April 25, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.12 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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