Herman Melville letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne


Herman Melville had an on-going friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne. They were, in fact, neighbors for a period. Here he writes how he is having trouble focusing on his “Whale” book as he is being distracted hither and thither. Fortunately for us all, he completed “Whale” and we have Moby Dick … Continue reading

Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s Letter to Walt Whitman on his 70th Birthday


May 31, 1889, Walt Whitman’s seventieth birthday, occasioned a celebration of the poet in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey, with a several course dinner called “The Feast of Reason” followed by a program called “The Flow of Soul,” a succession of testimonial speeches and readings by prominent politicians and … Continue reading

The Beatles
George Martin on the Beatles’ Please, Please Me


George Martin discusses the making of the Beatles “Please Please Me”, the debut album by the Beatles was released on 22 March 1963. Of the album’s fourteen songs, eight were written by Lennon–McCartney (originally credited “McCartney–Lennon”), early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called “[their invention of] the idea of … Continue reading

Hollywood Blacklist
Walter Bernstein on his film The Front


Academy Award winning screenwriter, Walter Bernstein on his film The Front. The Front starred Woody Allen and explores what it was like to be a writer on the Hollywood Blacklist during the red scare and McCarthyism. He brings humor and candor to the ordeal that impacted his career for over … Continue reading