Happy Birthday, Herman Melville!


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?

Check out the livestreaming video of the last few hours here and Twitter updates here. (If you’re reading this after the fact, there will still be cool photos and tweets to consume.)

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →