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Great American Author Series: A Political Companion to Herman Melville

“…getting the ship under weigh…”: A Political Companion to Herman Melville

by Trisha Brady

Critical interpretations addressing the political content of Herman Melville’s works are often traced back to the 1960s and the scholarship of Alan Heimert, Charles Foster, and Willie Weathers who wrote on… 1,591 more words

American Literature & Politics

Fiction Writers Review

The Thrill of Rejection and the Sensible Drunkenness of Success


A writer can never have too much (or too little) advice on how to handle rejection. 234 more words


"Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges..."

From Melville’s Billy Budd:

…war contractors, whose gains, honest or otherwise, are in every land an anticipated portion of the harvest of death….

And he is the inventor of “fog of war” too:

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Clifford Hindley: Pederasty and Scholarship

Both Exaro News and the Sunday People broke an important story yesterday concerning a senior civil servant at the Home Office who has been identified as blocking any objections to funding being distributed to the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE). 12,852 more words

Review: 'Billy Budd'

Review: ‘Billy Budd’ sails at L.A. Opera. Orange County Register, Feb. 23, 2014.

photo: Robert Millard

Classical Music

A brief note on 'Billy Budd'

I found the brief, unsigned note below, printed in Los Angeles Opera’s program booklet for Billy Budd, to be quite helpful. Though I knew some of the information before, it certainly helped to focus my ears during the performance. 452 more words

Classical Music