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25. 'Bartleby the Scriverner,' 26. 'Benito Cereno,' and 27. 'Billy Budd, Foretopman' by Herman Melville

For this week, I am giving you not one, not two, but three reviews courtesy of the great writer Herman Melville. I picked up this trilogy of tales some time ago, and they were short enough that I thought I would do my first ever triple review! 1,398 more words


Melville On 'The Most Dangerous Sort': The Outwardly Rational Madman

In Billy Budd, Sailor (Barnes and Noble Classic Edition, New York, p. 40) Herman Melville writes:

[T]he thing which in eminent instances signalizes so exceptional a nature is this: though the man’s even temper and discreet bearing would seem to intimate a mind peculiarly subject to the law of reason, not the less in his heart he would seem to riot in complete exemption from that law, having apparently little to do with reason further than to employ it as an ambidexter implement for effecting the irrational. 448 more words


Evil to the Very Core


Sometimes, no matter how hard you look for a glimmer of goodness in a person, you won’t find it. 556 more words


Opera as Idea and Performance: Class 4/5

We’re about halfway through spring quarter, and I can’t believe how fast it’s been going so far. I haven’t updated on the last two opera classes from the past two weeks yet, so I figured I’d blog about both here! 574 more words

Music in Beau Travail

“When we were rehearsing, I never told the actors that I had in mind to use the Benjamin Britten music – Billy Budd, that we had been listening while writing the script. 58 more words


Hast Seen the White Whale?

I have a copy of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick that I’ve been carrying around for nearly sixty years. I acquired it as a child in Ottawa and have faithfully taken it with me on my many excursions across and in Canada. 716 more words

Hendrik Slegtenhorst

"Justice As Endangered Species: Encryption, 'Billy Budd,' & The Unity of Rights," Today at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT)

Today we’ll discuss a number of the top stories of the week, with an initial foray into something I’m calling the “unity of rights.”

Join in live, either by phone or in the chatroom! 176 more words

Don't Let It Go...Unheard