The July 29 New Yorker has a beautiful article about Natalia Ginzburg, who is wonderful, and a fascinating one about Melville. Ginzburg: imagination is stronger when you are happy – suffering makes the imagination weak and lazy – drowning in emotions, and in particular, in pain is NOT what women writers should do. This is in the 1949 essay “My vocation” and the author notes that Woolf said something very similar in AROOO. Melville themes: whiteness, race, family romance, and insanity. I love Melville and this article.