Will Morrisey, "Thirty-nine Reasons for Reading Benardete on the Republic," Interpretation Vol. 23, no. 1, Fall 1995: 89-100.
Professor Benardete has been around long enough to have established a reputation. His writings are reputed to be hard to understand. This reputation has led to certain worries. “He is so difficult. He commits philology. He gives me a headache; Socrates never gets a headache; Benardete makes me feel un-Socratic. Must I read Benardete?” By no means. But you may want to, anyway. His commentary on Plato’s Republic consists of thirty-nine chapters, each of which contains at least one reason for reading the book.