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39 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Herman Melville. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Herman Melville, often where they are interviewed.

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39 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Herman Melville. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Herman Melville, often where they are interviewed.

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8. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Chapter 4: The Inquiry)

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This is the final reading of Benito Cereno by Herman Melville.

Oct 26 2020 · 46mins
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7. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville (Ch 3 Summary and A Closer Look)

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The primary narrative of this novella ends with this chapter. Next is a series of deposition documents describing the inquiry into the slave revolt.

In the summary I condense the key events of this chapter. In the closer look, I discuss three key points that are helpful in understanding this piece by Melville.

1) The core epistemological quandary I posed at the beginning, "A man who is incapable of comprehending a certain series of events is put in a situation where he must do exactly that." Throughout all three chapters we learn there are numerous reasons, Captain Delano is incapable of understanding the predicament he is in. But one that becomes explicit in this chapter is his racism.

2) The mystery is revealed in a general way, and this alters the image of all the bizarre events we have seen in the story.

3) the third point I make in the closer look section is a severe scrutiny of a particular image of Captain Deleno in the moments before he has his revelation regarding what has occurred on board The San Dominick. 

Oct 26 2020 · 44mins

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Episode #111 The Apparition - Herman Melville

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Connor and Jack dive into the briny depths of one of Herman Melville's non-aquatic poetic works, "The Apparition." They talk about its contemporary applicability, their love of Brian Jacques' Redwall books, and share some thoughts on how many avenues there are into the poem. It's a spooky episode for the Halloween season!

The Apparition
(A Retrospect)
By: Herman Melville

Convulsions came; and, where the field
Long slept in pastoral green,
A goblin-mountain was upheaved
(Sure the scared sense was all deceived),
Marl-glen and slag-ravine.

The unreserve of Ill was there,
The clinkers in her last retreat;
But, ere the eye could take it in,
Or mind could comprehension win,
It sunk!—and at our feet.

So, then, Solidity’s a crust—
The core of fire below;
all may go well for many a year,
But who can think without a fear
Of horrors that happen so?

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Oct 10 2020 · 57mins
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Moby Dick, or the Whale by Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)

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Read by Stewart Wills in 2007 and released to the public domain by Librivox.
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Sep 15 2020 · 1hr
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Great books 15~ Herman Melville‘s Moby Dick

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At 32 years old, Melville published a book that would be ignored and neglected, until 20 years after his death. Today Moby Dick is justly celebrated because of the powerful battle between Captain Ahab and the mysterious, unconquerable Whale. 

Though Ahab devotes himself to his hatred of the Great Whale, he cannot overcome Moby Dick.  

Aug 18 2020 · 48mins
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Jimmy Rose by Herman Melville

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Life can deal any of us some terrible blows. In this semi-auto biographical tale we explore the life of a once wealthy merchant, Jimmy Rose
Jun 28 2020 · 27mins
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Herman Melville's "Clarel" with Dr. Jonathan Cook

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Herman Melville's "Clarel" with Dr. Jonathan Cook by Luke Johnson
Jun 15 2020 · 1hr 11mins
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Herman Melville (Moby Dick)

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You mostly like have heard of the American Classic, But did you know that the author was legit a chill dude who loved to kick it with "Savages" and got imprisoned for mutiny and jumping ship!? Yeah, now you're interested. So go on a voyage with us as we learn about Herman Melville, and a great white dick.  

Tyler read: Herman Melville by Elizabeth Herdwick


Moby Dick (Abridged) by Herman Mellville

Hannah read: Bartleby, the Scrivener By Herman Melville


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Jun 08 2020 · 1hr 21mins
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Heroes of the Bowl: Herman Melville and The Great American Novel: Moby Dick

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Find out why we failed American Lit as we stumble through an fairly weak overview of Moby Dick, but a fairly decent overview of pipe smoker and author: Herman Melville

May 13 2020 · 51mins
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Bartlyby, The Scrivener A Story of Wall-Street by Herman Melville Read by Clouded Jester

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Longest Story I've read outloud to date. Hope you guy's enjoy. Comments are appreciated. please leave your likes and comments and visit the YouTube version and leave your comments there too.
Feb 24 2020 · 1hr 44mins