Category Archives: Literature

Moby-Dick and American democracy

Way back in high school, I had English teachers who were as obsessed with Moby-Dick as was Captain Ahab with the great white whale. Rereading it now, I see a lot of things I missed before, like Herman Melville’s rhetorical … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Flies and US political life

William Golding’s 1954 novel The Lord of the Flies–which I just reread–depicts boys stranded without adults on a tropical island. The boys prove far less marked by civilization than the prototypical fictional strandee Robinson Crusoe, and far less skilled at … Continue reading

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