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Dramatic Reading - Mortal Friends: Melville and Hawthorne
Friday, September 15, 2017, 07:30pm
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Mortal FriendsBerkshire Historical Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead announces a dramatic staged reading of Mortal Friends on Friday, September 15th at 7:30 pm at Ventfort Hall in Lenox, MA.

Proceeds will benefit Ventfort Hall and the Berkshire County Historical Society.
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From the online announcement:

On the afternoon of August 5, 1850, a most unusual literary party tramped up Monument Mountain in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Among them were Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, who met that day for the first time.

Filled with humor, wit, passion and mystery, Mortal Friends is a new play that delves deeply into the nature of friendship and its betrayal, the mystery of creation and the difficult choices all artists must make when the truths found in their work are rejected. The play exposes how the friendship blossomed and provided the inspiration for Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick.

Cost to attend is $35. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

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Greg Lennes From Boston Globe: "Berkshire hills have provided inspiration to Hawthorne, Melville, Rowling." https://www.boston.com/culture/travel/2017/09/22/berkshire-hills-have-provided-inspiration-to-hawthorne-melville-rowling
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Greg Lennes Melville in the News: The New York Times cited Melville when Kim Jong-un, the North Korea leader, called President Trump a ‘Dotard.’ Melville used it in a poem, The Maldive Shark." “Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat.” In the poem the pilot fish leads the dull shark to food. It is the "eyes and brains to the dotard" that is the shark. In turn the pilot fish seeks protection from the shark in times of trouble. The Maldive Shark About the Shark, phlegmatical one, Pale sot of the Maldive sea, The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim, How alert in attendance be. From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of maw They have nothing of harm to dread, But liquidly glide on his ghastly flnak Or before his Gorgonian head; Or lurk in the port of serrated teeth In white triple tiers of glittering gates, And there find a haven when peril's abroad, An asylum in jaws of the Fates! They are friends; and friendly they guide him to prey, Yet never partake of the treat- Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/world/asia/trump-north-korea-dotard.html?mcubz=0
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Eileen Valentino Flaxman Chapter 86 – The Tail “Woe to that sailor, whiskers and all” when the fluke of a whale upon him does fall and the oars and the crew around him do fly and he’s floatin’ on his back starin’ up at the sky Yea, a grudging respect is all he can feel for a wallop that lands with the weight of steel And the planks of the boat around him do sprawl “very much as a juggler tosses his balls” A mere man can offer little resistance Tis something to admire – but from a distance From my collection: a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick . https://evflax.wixsite.com/ishmaelsapprentice. 2017-09-22T14:42:00+0000
Colin Dewey "FAYAWAY: Melville, Fantasy, and Fame." FREE! Saturday at 1pm. Final "Blue Room" lecture of the season. Presented by Colin Dewey, sponsored by Cal Maritime Dept. of Culture and Communication and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
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The National Park Service and California State University Maritime Academy are partnering to present a series of free lectures for the public in 2017.

The Blue Room Lectures will be presented by professors from Cal Maritime and will take place in the Maritime Museum at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (900 Beach Street, San Francisco, in the Blue Room.) A Q & A period will follow each talk.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 PM: “The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melville’s Persistent Connections with San Francisco Bay,” by Colin Dewey, Assistant Professor of English at Cal Maritime.
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Luis Velez This from last year:
A Melville Marginalia Mystery nypl.org A researcher's reading of erased marginalia provides insight to Melville's thoughts on religion.
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Greg Lennes From Washington Post: "On the trail of the author of ‘Moby-Dick’ in three New England towns" by Richard Selden.
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