_ With my new Kindle, I have started reading old novels, which are no longer protected by copyright. The latest is Moby Dick, which I read in school, but have mostly forgotten. I am also currently reading an article in Vanity Fair about Melville and his famous novel, which is fitting.
None of this is interesting. What is interesting is a group of words that I discovered in the first chapter. Bare in mind that Melville wrote his classic novel in 1850, which included the following sentences from the mind of Ishmael (the context of which is irrelevant):
“Grand Contested Election for the Presidency of the United States.”
“Whaling Voyage by one Ishmael.”
“Bloody Battle in Affghanistan.” (sic)
All but the middle one could run in newspapers today...unless, of course, Ishmael has become a Japanese name.
So, despite a lot of history constantly flowing under the bridge, not much changes on this planet...
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.