Happy Birthday, Herman Melville

August 1, 1819

Most people associate Herman Melville with the classic tome, Moby Dick. I am always overwhelmed by the novel, due to its sheer size and scope. I got lost in the text one time—25 pages for packing the carpet bag. But yet, even in all of its wordiness and heavy narrative, there is something pretty compelling about a story that focuses on faith, the power of nature, and the overwhelming impulse of obsessions.

“Queequeg explained to me that his world was very different from ours. However, one thing he learned quickly, was that within all groups of people there are kind men and there are unkind men.”

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