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Moby Dick

'Moby Dick' May Be More Than Just A Whale Of A Tale

The Huffington Post | Lee Speigel | Posted 04.09.2016 | Science

Debate has swirled for nearly 200 years around whether sperm whales rammed whaling ships with their foreheads to sink them. Director Ron Howard's 2015...

'Moby Dick' Fans Host 25-Hour Reading Marathon, Because Why Not?

Associated Press | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.08.2016 | Arts

BOSTON (AP) — "Moby-Dick" fans from around the world are getting ready for their own grueling quest — a marathon reading of Herman Melville's clas...

Whales, Gods, Prophecy and Meteors

Edward F. Mooney | Posted 12.23.2015 | Religion
Edward F. Mooney

I've read Moby Dick many times, but never considered calling it a religious book until now. It took In the Heart of the Sea, a decidedly non-religious film, to remind me that the American classic is overloaded with religious cargo.

Ron Howard's Take On How "In The Heart Of The Sea" Isn't Your Ordinary Adventure Film

Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

How Ron Howard Avoided Drugs and The Pitfalls of Child Stardom

Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

Ron Howard's First Steps Into Becoming a Hollywood Director

Posted 12.14.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

How Ron Howard's Midwest Ethics Helped Him Throughout His Career

Posted 12.14.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

How Ron Howard Prepared His Actors Before Filming "In the Heart of the Sea"

Posted 12.14.2015 | Home

We were thrilled to have director and actor Ron Howard on the show, who's just released his newest film, In The Heart Of The Sea. Ron has had an amazi...

Mondays With Marlo - Director Ron Howard

Posted 12.17.2015 | Home

The holiday season is upon us, and it's one of our favorite times of year for going to the movies. So we were thrilled to have director and actor Ron ...

Newly Discovered Whale Species Named With A Nod To Moby Dick

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 12.13.2015 | Science

For 90 years, the strikingly white fossils of a 15 million-year-old sperm whale sat on a storage shelf in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, i...

The 14 Year Old Boy Who Survived "In The Heart Of The Sea"

Michael Schulder | Posted 12.10.2015 | Parents
Michael Schulder

Thomas Nickerson grew up on Nantucket in the early 1800s, when that island was the world's capital of the brutal and highly profitable whaling industry. It was a place where, Philbrick explained, every boy dreamed of going to sea and hunting whales, and maybe becoming rich as a result.

5 Hot Books: A Big, Juicy Sinatra Biography and the Real-Life Tragedy Behind Moby Dick

The National Book Review | Posted 12.07.2015 | Books
The National Book Review

The following article first appeared in The National Book Review Five books people are talking about this week -- or should be. 1. Sinatra: The Cha...

Cultural Imperatives

George Heymont | Posted 09.24.2016 | Arts
George Heymont

Whether one is searching for a window of opportunity, hoping to ride a groundswell of support, or participating in an established grassroots movement, the importance of seizing the moment and making the most of its potential can never be underestimated.

Who Needs "Likable" Characters? Not Jonathan Franzen, or Me

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 09.02.2016 | Books
Pamela Feinsilber

I really perked up when the conversation turned to the notion of likability. Who says we have to like a character? Yet Franzen claims that "the safest thing" in writing fiction is not caring what the reader wants, in the sense of realizing, "Not everyone will like this guy."

Writers for the Sea Is the Next Wave in Literature

David Helvarg | Posted 07.29.2016 | Media
David Helvarg

As I recently reported in Publishers Weekly Writers for the Sea is a new organization formed on June 8, 2015--World Oceans Day--and already making a splash offering many enthralling ways of describing our salty blue marble planet. What prompted the creation of Writers for the Sea?

How Cell Phones Would Change The Plots Of Famous Books

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 07.31.2015 | Arts

High Schoolers reading Romeo and Juliet today probably have a hard time imagining a world in which two people have such catastrophically frustratin...

The Good Old Days in English Class?

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.04.2016 | College
Lev Raphael

I respect the fact that my course isn't the center of my students' lives; I understand this isn't the 70s or any other decade. It's now, and college has changed drastically.

Learning to Laugh at Gay Monsters in Love

Matt Baume | Posted 06.06.2016 | Queer Voices
Matt Baume

I don't think Cody Melcher is the only comedian with a poster of Young Frankenstein hanging in his apartment, although he might be the only one displaying it over a fire-engine red piano. Cody's my guest this week on The Sewers of Paris, a podcast about gay culture that's changed the lives of gay men.

Pornosophy: Moby-Dick vs. The Humpty Dance, an Essay in Comparative Nonsense

Francis Levy | Posted 04.01.2015 | Comedy
Francis Levy

"Call me Ishmael" is the famous opening line of Melville's Moby-Dick. "My name is Humpty" is a defining moment in Digital Underground's Humpty Dance. The syntactical parallel is not without significance since both works of art are inured in phallic imagery.

If Magritte Painted Moby Dick, It Might Have Looked Like This

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts

Sean Landers' newest exhibition "North American Mammals" takes flight from the possibilities embedded in the word "coat." Landers plays with the overl...

Volvo Ocean Race Ready to Set Sail

Tim Wendel | Posted 12.01.2014 | Sports
Tim Wendel

The Volvo Ocean Race sets sail again. The 12th edition of the around-the-world departs soon from Alicante, Spain, and ends in Gothenburg, Sweden, in late June 2015. With 11 ports of call and nearly 40,000 nautical miles, it's a voyage right out of Moby Dick.

Banning Books Doesn't Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.

How Meeting Susan Anspach Completed The Circle

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 08.31.2014 | Los Angeles
Lionel Rolfe

Susan Anspach is best known for her appearances with Jack Nicholson in "Five Easy Pieces" and Michael Douglas in "Running," but a more obscure European production, "Montenegro," may be her masterpiece.

The Power of Old Books

Tom Morris | Posted 08.30.2014 | Books
Tom Morris

If you read what everyone else is reading, you'll be thinking what everyone else is thinking, and that may lead to your doing what everyone else is doing.

Why Was Moby Dick White?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 07.25.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

Why was Moby Dick white?