Friday, August 1, 2014


Five years short of a couple of centuries ago today, Herman Melville was born.

In this year of the 225th anniversary of the outbreak of the French Revolution – and bicentennial of the Norwegian Constitution – we remember: In Mardi: And A Voyage Thither Melville wrote:
Better be secure under one king, than exposed to violence from twenty millions of monarchs, though oneself be one of them.

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