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Episode 34 | S2-E9 | The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

Mario Hines June 7, 2022

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This week on Appraise The Phrase:


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This week, Mario and Twenty welcome poet and executive coach Juan Pabloe Mobili to the Expression Appraisal Table.

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword is one of the longest-standing phrases in our culture. Does the might of the pen come from a political influence or simply an ode to the talent of a writer?

Watch as Mario and Twenty are joined by Argentinian poet and executive coach Juan Pablo Mobili to discuss the meaning and origin of The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword. Juan’s contributes his blend of political humor and way with words to connect his experience coming from Argentina’s political landscape with how much impact than pen truly has over the sword.

Poet Juan Pablo Mobili was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and adopted by New York a long time ago. His poems appeared most recently, in The American Journal of Poetry, Mason Street Review, Broadsided Press, The Red Wheelbarrow Review, and The Worcester Review among others. He has also received an Honorable Mention from the Creators of Justice Award by the International Human Rights Art Festival, as well as the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net nominations for 2020. In addition to this, he published a chapbook of poems in collaboration with Madalasa Mobili, Three Unknown Poets, published by Seranam Press. She currently lives in Rhinebeck, NY and travels to attend residences, give presentations, and teach. Juan just released his book of poems called Contraband.

You can also find all things Juan at:
Purchase Contraband:
Twitter: @juanmobili


0:00 Tim Burton’s Batman/Joker Opener
0:35 Intro
1:25 Roll Call
6:58 Thoughts on The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
9:11 The Tweet Is Mightier Than The Drone
11:38 The Meaning
14:59 Time To Unveil The Origin
17:44 Napoleon Bonaparte
18:51 From Physical Warfare to Mental Warefare
22:09 Sumerians First Written Text
26:04 Edward Bulwer-Lyttle
33:00 Richelieu, The Conspiracy
47:08 Appraise The Phrase
46:44 Connect with Juan Pablo Mobili: Poet
55:04 The Dictionary of Misinformation


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