TAGGED / Herman Melville

Wednesday, December 9th


The Niles Files: ‘Twixt Myth and Ornament
In the Heart of the Ocean

Though intermittently vivid, Ron Howard’s whaling adventure “In the Heart of the Sea” demonstrates how easy it is to go soft in the face of both literature and history.




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Tuesday, September 18th


The Niles Files: Unchartered Waters and Souls
The Master

This week, Niles looks at Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” which references sailing, boats, and sea captains, an aspect that clues us into aspirations that are not merely cinematic, but literary.




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