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Moby Dick

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

Francis Levy | Posted 01.30.2015 | 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?

The Hip-Hop Artists With The Largest (Or Not) Vocabulary

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 05.06.2014 | Entertainment

When it comes to grading and comparing hip-hop artists, there are a number of attributes that need to be examined: flow, message, beat selection, popu...

Montreal Journal II: On the Waterfront

Francis Levy | Posted 05.24.2014 | Travel
Francis Levy

There were two great immigrations to Montreal, one in the 1840's which resulted from the Irish famine and also brought many English and Scots to the ...

Tortured Souls Tell Great Stories

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.04.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Worthy fiction draws us into a world where the characters are emotionally driven and tortured. Their mistakes and triumphs must resonate as real. Human nature doesn't change.

Stephen Costello Riffs on Two Washington National Opera Debuts in Moby-Dick and Elixir of Love

Susan Dormady Eisenberg | Posted 04.21.2014 | Arts
Susan Dormady Eisenberg

Costello's Washington company debut in Moby-Dick will be his third outing as Greenhorn, a character whose lyrical arias lend poignancy to this riveting epic, adapted from the Melville novel by composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Costello created his role for the Dallas Opera premiere in 2010 and sang it again for San Francisco in 2012.

Needs a Rewrite: Great Authors' First Draft Revisions

John Blumenthal | Posted 04.06.2014 | Comedy
John Blumenthal

"Moby Dick" Herman Melville "Call me the whale guy a hansom cab Steve Ishmael." "The Old Man and the Sea" Ernest Hemingway "He was an old man ...

5 Storied Isles of the South Pacific: Going Literary on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 03.21.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Not for nothing have some of the world's most famous authors dwelt literarily on and physically in the islands of the South Seas, the mystic beauty of...

The Two Faces of Empire

Greg Grandin | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Greg Grandin

Over the years, mad Ahab in Herman Melville's most famous novel, Moby-Dick, has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power, most recently of George W. Bush's disastrous invasion of Iraq. But what's really frightening isn't our Ahabs.

Going Public

Carl Fillichio | Posted 02.18.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

When we started the Books that Shaped Work in America project, we said that the list, like work in America, was constantly evolving, and that the list would grow based on suggestions from "the public."

Have Yourself a Very Melville Christmas: In Which We Review Typee, An Old, Perfect Book

Bernard Radfar | Posted 02.10.2014 | Books
Bernard Radfar

It is a grand shame Typee is neglected, all that reading pleasure given away to books that may not deserve your hours in quite the same way. Even with the best readers I know I get a dumbfounded expression when I bring up Typee.

Moby-Dick the Opera Sails Onto Your TV Screen

Pamela Feinsilber | Posted 12.31.2013 | Arts
Pamela Feinsilber

Scheer took Herman Melville's massive novel and, while providing a sense of life at sea -- the storms, the whale hunting in dinky rowboats, the task of rendering blubber into oil -- shaped it into a tale of relationships.

Defying Gravity: Notes From a Dissenting View

John Branch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
John Branch

Gravity is only 91 minutes long but is so short on ideas that it keeps repeating itself. A cloud of orbiting malevolent debris keeps trying to kill our heroes. They keep jetting off to a new refuge and finding, so to speak, no room at the inn.

How Captain Ahab Sunk His Ship

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Rev. Galen Guengerich

In either case, it's the overwhelming consensus of almost everyone else, both Republicans and Democrats, both in Washington and around the country, that Senator Cruz has long since missed the forest for the trees. In fact, he appears to be staring at a single leaf.

Chevy Chase Is Having The Worst Luck

Posted 11.05.2013 | Comedy

He's Chevy Chase, and you're not. And if that means that you're able to read classic works of literature without the books attacking you, you're proba...

Swim With Whale Sharks in Baja

Fathom | Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel
Fathom

Like it was playing hide and seek, the whale shark's rectangular head appeared from the sapphire-colored watery abyss. I knew that it wouldn't attack me. But when a 15-foot anything is swimming towards you, and you're practically naked, it's freaky.

New Bedford, MA: A Whale of a Good Time

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 06.24.2013 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

New Bedford was and is an epic city in every sense of the word -- something that cannot be said of many other prettier, more popular Coastal New England destinations -- and the very reason I love visiting.

The (Less Than) Eternal Sea

Lewis Lapham | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Lewis Lapham

Nothing in the sea lives by itself, nothing either on the earth or in the air or in the minds of men. To know the sea is mortal is to know that we are not apart from it.

I'm With Stupid: Joyce in China Bigger Than Hasselhoff in Germany

Todd Hartley | Posted 04.06.2013 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I once read somewhere that James Joyce's novel Ulysses was the best book ever written, so a few years ago when I found an old copy for a dollar, I bought it.

The Old Man and the Sea (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 11.21.2012 | Arts
George Heymont

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