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Mel Hathorn

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· The Prisoner's Dilemma

· Celts and Kings

· The Castlereagh Connection

Short Stories
· Thanksgiving Day Dinner at Oliver Wight Tavern in Old Sturbridge Village

· Spanking Plato: Prologue - Chapter 3

· Sticking it to the Man

· Women in White: Parts 1-6

· Men In Black

· A Study and Discussion Guide to The Prisoner's Dilemma

· The Corporation Who Mistook Itself for a Person

· The Gymnast

· No Broccoli Tonight!!!

· The Prisoner's Dilemma (Authors note)

· Stages in the development of Social Change

· But Who's Going To Clean The Toilets?

· George Will's Unanswered Questions

· The People's Fund

· Letter to World Leaders

· An Open Letter to Connecticut Transit

· Constitutional Amendment to end Corporate Personhood

· Is Reaganomics Dead?

· A Reasonable Teaching Philosophy?

· No Taxation Without Representation

· Georgie Porgie

· The Battle Hymn of the Republic Updated" contributed

· Lament for Lost Liberties

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· A New Business!

· Nobel Prize Nomination

· The First Crack in the Wall

· Are the predictions I made in The Prisoner’s Dilemma happening?

· Get The Prisoner's Dilemma free!

· Dust Cover Copy for The Prisoner's Dilemma

· New Review Re: Celts and Kings

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Spanking Plato

3/2/2012 7:55:00 AM

by Mel Hathorn

A new novel, satirical, funny, and irreverant.









Some have said that all of western thought is a footnote to Plato. But what if western thought were a person? What would this individual think? How would he or she behave?


In Spanking Plato, a satirical, funny, and irreverent story, I have personified Western Thought—also known as Wes or Wesley Thought—as one who is confused, and angry because history considers him a mere footnote to Plato. After all, as he says, he was around long before Plato. He also is angry because some many other historical people like Aquinas and Aristotle have put words in his mouth. As a result, he is confused about who he is and suffers an identity crisis. He seeks the help of a therapist.


This series of therapeutic sessions shows the various interventions used by the therapist are ineffective and useless. Psychoanalytic therapy doesn’t work; behavioral therapy is unsuccessful; cognitive therapy is useless. The therapist can’t even find the correct DSM IV code for his disorder.


During these sessions, Wes complains at length and loudly about such people as Socrates, whom he views as a doddering old man continually annoying people with questions that set them up.


When Socrates enters the marketplace, the crowds part from him like the Red Sea parting for the Israelites. When Socrates walks down the street, innocent Athenian citizens thinking to themselves, “Oh my God! It’s Socrates!” run either in the opposite direction or across the street.


Wesley is unclear as to whether the crowd is avoiding Socrates’ questions or his unwashed toga.


According to Thought, Socrates claimed to have married his wife, Xantippe, to help him develop the virtue of patience. Of course, no one has ever said why Xantippe married Socrates. Perhaps she thought she could get out of doing the laundry.


Thought has especially harsh words about people like Augustine and John Calvin. He considers Calvin to be a high strung, anally retentive man who has an oil drill bit reamed up his butt. Calvin possesses the personality of a Marine Drill Instructor and the intelligence of a Tea Party voter.


He is especially incensed about his sister, Eastern Thought, whom he thinks is a spacey airhead who belongs in the “Void” she is always seeking. His family has disowned him because they believe he represents what people are saying about him.


A cynical story, Spanking Plato describes Thought’s frustration about how he has been misunderstood and misrepresented throughout history. Will he discover who he is?



More News by Mel Hathorn

· A New Business! - 5/30/2012 7:27:00 AM
· Nobel Prize Nomination - 1/6/2012 9:19:00 AM
· The First Crack in the Wall - 3/2/2011 6:06:00 AM
· Are the predictions I made in The Prisoner’s Dilemma happening? - 3/24/2010 7:09:00 AM
· Get The Prisoner's Dilemma free! - 10/24/2009 3:56:00 AM
· Dust Cover Copy for The Prisoner's Dilemma - 2/3/2009 10:36:00 AM
· New Review Re: Celts and Kings - 10/30/2007 10:06:00 AM
· An Interview With Mel Hathorn about Celts and Kings - 9/13/2007 11:13:00 AM
· An Open Letter to Donald Trump - 11/14/2005 8:11:00 AM
· Cover Copy for Celts and Kings - 4/6/2005 7:23:00 AM
· Reaction to Celts and Kings so far - 5/31/2004 8:14:00 AM
· New novel!  - 3/28/2004 6:49:00 AM
· An Open Letter To Ted Turner, Rupert Murdock and Other Media Moguls - 5/29/2003 8:33:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Croesus Question - 3/19/2002 6:41:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Cable Connection - 3/19/2002 6:36:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Castlereagh Connection - 3/19/2002 6:32:00 AM
· Excerpts from The Journey: A Story For Those Who Blew It Or Are About To - 3/18/2002 12:21:00 PM

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