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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Billy Budd. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Billy Budd, often where they are interviewed.

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16 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Billy Budd. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Billy Budd, often where they are interviewed.

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PEL Presents (sub)Text: Order and Innocence in Melville's "Billy Budd"

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Bill Budd is a beautiful man. Not just good looking, but exquisitely good natured, something that costs him no effort and has required no instruction. And yet it is ultimately his beautiful soul and good nature that get Billy killed. Wes & Erin discuss Herman Melville’s final and unfinished work of fiction, and whether a good heart and good intentions are more important than obedience to authority and adherence to civilized norms.

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Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

Nov 27 2020 · 1hr 32mins
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Kill Billy: Order and Innocence in Melville’s “Billy Budd”

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Bill Budd is a beautiful man. Not just good looking, but exquisitely good natured, something that costs him no effort and has required no instruction. And yet it is ultimately his beautiful soul and good nature that get Billy killed. Wes & Erin discuss Herman Melville’s final and unfinished work of fiction, and whether a good heart and good intentions are more important than obedience to authority and adherence to civilized norms.

The conversation continues on our after-show (post)script. Get this and other bonus content at by subscribing at Patreon.

Follow: Twitter | Facebook | Website

Thanks to Nick Ketter for the audio editing on this episode.

Nov 23 2020 · 1hr 32mins

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Melville-Billy Budd -4 & Overview SFA

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Melville-Billy Budd -4 & Overview SFA by Literature as Prophecy
Oct 06 2020 · 1hr 55mins
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Melville-Billy Budd-3-SFA by Literature as Prophecy
Sep 18 2020 · 1hr 38mins
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Sep 10 2020 · 1hr 57mins
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Billy Budd, Sailor by Herman Melville (Ch 21)

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This week's reading is a classic by Herman Melville: "Billy Budd, Sailor"

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Jan 05 2020 · 27mins
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77 – Billy Budd

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Zzzz. . . Doze off to Otis reading "Billy Budd" – the nautical tale by Herman Melville.

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Dec 01 2019 · 44mins
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Episode 8: Billy Budd

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All aboard, it's time to sail the high seas with Herman Melville's Billy Budd (1924)! Melville's posthumously published tale is about a very hot dumb guy who is kidnapped into the navy, then executed for reasons that involve mutiny, gossip, and soup. We talk about how a lot of things on this ship are described as erect, which is definitely just a coincidence, and what hundreds of sailors sleeping in hammocks would have smelled like. (Good!)  We also discuss all the bodily fluids released in a 19th century hanging. ALL. OF. THEM.
We read the Penguin Classics edition Billy Budd, Bartleby, and Other Stories edited by Peter Coviello. Be sure to check out Pete’s great introductory essay and his very helpful and, um, vivid explanatory notes. For further reading, check out Barbara Johnson's "Melville's Fist: The Execution of Billy Budd" in Studies in Romanticism.

Find us on Twitter and Instagram @betterreadpod, and email us nice things at betterreadpodcast@gmail.com. Find Tristan on Twitter @tjschweiger, Katie @katiekrywo, and Megan @tuslersaurus.
Aug 25 2019 · 1hr 14mins
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Billy Budd

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Peter Mattei in an unexpected title role, Britten's Billy Budd.
Apr 11 2019 · 2hr
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Episode 287: Herman Melville: Billy Budd

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We get to the end of Herman Melville's prose writing with our look at "Billy Budd", published in 1924. It is a great little novel on power, the law, and duty.

Jan 24 2019 · 52mins
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