Leben mit Herman Melville

With fairest flowers, whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele—

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Thanksgiving update to Gay religions full of pomp and gold
on Herman Melville’s invention of the isolato:

They were nearly all Islanders in the Pequod, Isolatoes too, I call such, not acknowledging the common continent of men, but each Isolato living on a separate continent of his own.

Moby-Dick, Chapter 27, Knights and Squires

Arrowhead in the 1860s

The house is old. Seventy years since, from the heart of the Hearth Stone Hills, they quarried the Kaaba, or Holy Stone, to which, each Thanksgiving, the social pilgrims used to come. So long ago, that, in digging for the foundation, the workmen used both spade and axe, fighting the troglodytes of those subterranean parts—sturdy roots of a sturdy wood, encamped upon what is now a long landslide of sleeping meadow, sloping away off from my poppy-bed. Of that knit wood, but one survivor stands—an elm, lonely through steadfastness.

Herman Melville: The Piazza, 1856

Image: Arrowhead.

The film: The Gold Rush, 1925: Thanksgiving Meal.

The links:

Written by Wolf

21. November 2007 at 12:01 am

Posted in Moses Wolf

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