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Posts Tagged: Moby Dick

Halloween Costumes for Book Nerds

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Need a last-minute, low-hassle outfit for trick-or-treating?

This list of literary Halloween costumes (with pictures, natch) has some great ideas—just grab a “Hello, My Name Is” sticker and write “Ishmael,” and you’re good to go.

There are also some fantastic examples of costumes that clearly took a lot of time and effort, like a child dressed as Max accompanied by his parents as Wild Things.

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Happy Birthday, Herman Melville!

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At the time of this posting, the 29th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon has about three hours left of its 24-hour reading of Herman Melville’s classic novel. When the reading finishes, attendees will celebrate Melville’s birthday “in old-fashioned style with song and cake.”

Did we mention they’re doing this all on the last wooden whaling ship in the world?

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Whale: 1685, Kitten: 1

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Ever thought, “I know Herman Melville was talking about a whale but how much, really, did he talk about a whale?”

This cool page will answer your question with its graphical representation of word distribution throughout Moby Dick. The creator Adam Pearce was inspired by an infographic of frequently used words on the show The Wire and styled his project after Stanford’s Bibly, which does the same and more for the King James Version of the Bible.

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The Latin American Traveler’s Guide in Moby-Dick

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Here’s a hypothesis: one of the reasons Moby-Dick has survived so long in English classes is that the number of Moby-Dick-related essay topics is almost limitless.

Moby-Dick is so vast and contains so much stuff—there’s no better word for it than “stuff”—that you could come up with new angles on it for a whole English degree’s worth of classes.

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Happy Birthday Herman

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“And I only am escaped alone to tell thee”

If he were alive, today, August 1st 2009, would be Herman Melville’s 190th birthday and on this occasion I’d like to take the opportunity to pay a small, humble tribute to an author who has single-handedly taught me so much about writing and literature, patience and perseverance, and the staggering potential of language and prose.

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