Happy April Fools’ Day! Here’s your quote of the day…

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I do not think I have any uncharitable prejudice against the rattlesnake, still, I should not like to be one.

Herman Melville

April 1, 1857: Herman Melville publishes The Confidence-Man, a book about a series of cons on a Mississippi steamboat that included caricatures of Emerson, Poe, and Thoreau.

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