by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 8, 2013
The most prescient portrait of the American character and our ultimate fate as a species is found in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.” Melville makes our murderous obsessions, our hubris, violent impulses, moral weakness and inevitable self-destruction visible in his chronicle of a whaling voyage. He is our foremost oracle. He is to us what William Shakespeare was to Elizabethan England or Fyodor Dostoyevsky to czarist Russia.
Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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Beautifully written and intimately engaging, Hedges highlights the epitome of American authors, Melville.
“Call me Ishmael..”
excellent; yes, we are dying ; collapsing within our own cowardice and greed; and it might be beyond us; some larger Force moves us on; this has been happening for hundreds of years of years ; we are still here; amazing, considering; one survived the Pequod.
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