Wednesday, December 15, 2010

"An Everlasting Itch for Things Remote"

An epigraph:

"With other men, perhaps, such things would not have been inducements; but as for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts."

-- Herman Melville, as quoted in a tribute in today's Wall Street Journal to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, who died this week at age 69.

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