Herman Melville is my favorite author, hands down. I could describe his writing like a fine wine: it's dark and complex, full of subtlety and nuance; it's full-bodied and has an incredibly long finish.
I'll have a lot more to say about Herman Melville in a few weeks. I'm at the beginning of The Confidence-Man, the awesomeness of which I've heard about and am now experiencing first-hand. In the meantime, I'd just like to point out the uncanny resemblance between Sam Beam of Iron & Wine and Mr. Melville: