Greg Lennes Today in Melvillean History: On January 22, 1921 an editorial appeared in the "London Nation" praising Melville's writings:
“It is clear that the wind of the spirit, when it once begins to blow through the English literary mind, possesses a surprising power of penetration. A few weeks ago it was pleased to aim a simultaneous blast in the direction of a book known to some generations of men as Moby-Dick. A member of the staff of The Nation was thereupon moved in the ancient Hebrew fashion to buy and to read it. He then expressed himself on the subject, incoherently indeed, but with signs of emotion as intense and as pleasingly uncouth as Man Friday betrayed at the sight of his long-lost father. While struggling with his article, and wondering what the deuce it could mean, I received a letter from a famous literary man, marked on the outside ‘Urgent,’ and on the inner scroll of the manuscript itself ‘A Rhapsody.’ It was about Moby-Dick. Having observed a third article on the same subject, of an equally febrile kind, I began to read Moby-Dick myself. Having done so I hereby declare, being of sane intellect, that since letters began there never was such a book, and that the mind of man is not constructed so as to produce such another; that I put its author with Rabelais, Swift, Shakespeare, and other minor and disputable worthies; and that I advise any adventurer of the soul to go at once to the morose and prolonged retreat necessary for its deglutition.” :)
Greg Lennes From Salt Lake Tribune: "‘Moby-Dick’ opera transforms a massive novel into a human-scaled epic"
Wyn Kelley Please get the word out! "MOBY-DICK and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age." NEH-funded Summer Teaching Institute to be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) from June 17-30, 2018. Staffed by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. March 1 deadline for teachers to apply for a spot. Spread the news!
Colin Dewey Spread the word to K-12 teachers you know! What a golden opportunity!
Melville Electronic Library
https://teachingmelville.org/ Please get the word out! "MOBY-DICK and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age." NEH-funded Summer Teaching Institute to be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) from June 17-30, 2018. Staffed by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. March 1 deadline for teachers to apply for a spot. Spread the news!
Eileen Valentino Flaxman I’ve never steered a ship at midnight nor dozed alongside a dead whale. Even so, I can relate to the hazards of lying awake – wherever situated – unable to still my mind . . .
Chapter 96 – The Try–Works
Whether your hand be on the tiller
or the bedpost
the night has a crafty way
of turning dark things darker,
scarier, more threatening.
Especially at risk is that man
prone to contemplation,
for there are no limits to
such a mind when the sun sets
and the moon disappears.
All one can do is pray for morning
when the light of day puts to rest
the torments of the night before.
Chapter 117 – The Whale Watch
Floating half-asleep beside a dead whale,
a man's dreams turn toward death,
and visions of hearses and
coffins and gallows
startle him awake.
With a quick laugh
and a vehement denial,
he chases the fear away.
“Immortal on land and on sea,”
his hollow laugh
ringing out over the
empty, bleak night.
He fools no one,
not even himself.
from my collection -
Fernando Colavita "¿Y que sucedería si Ahab abandonara la búsqueda? Probablemente la pierna inexistente le dolería toda la vida"
Eli Ag Just started playing this but so far the details are fantastic. More like a board game then a video game, beautiful artwork too.
Picaresque Studio » Nantucketpicaresquestudio.com
Nantucket is a strategy seafaring game set in the golden age of American whaling, during the first half of the 19th century. The story takes place a few years after the disaster of the Pequod, where Captain Ahab and his crew lost their lives to Moby Dick. In the role of Ishmael, the only survivor of...
Greg Lennes From the Melvilliana Blog: New research by Scott Norsworthy discovers that Melville's comic sketch "The Lightning-Rod Man" was reprinted in several contemporary newspapers, including the Albany Evening Journal (August 5, 1854). It was originally published in the August 1854 issue of Putnam's Monthly Magazine.
Brian Yothers Please see the attached CFP for an opportunity to submit essays for consideration for the "Melville at 200" special issues of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, in celebration of the 2019 bicentennial of Melville's birth.
Veselin Kuburovic Many thanks for accepting my request to join this group. I bought ``Billy Budd & Other Stories`` on January 8th. Anyone here willing to give good recommendation on this work?
Greg Lennes The play based on Jana Laiz's book about Melville, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox!"
Berkshire Theatre Group
Ahoy, Matey! History comes to life in the exciting and engaging new play, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox," about Herman Melville, author of "Moby Dick." Running at the Garage (in the Colonial Lobby) during 2018 School Vacation Week (2/18-2/24).
Featuring stirring stories about local Berkshire history, including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox," is suggested for ages 6 and up. Tickets are on sale now >> www.berkshiretheatregroup.org or call 413-997-4444. #intheberkshires #hermanmelville
Greg Lennes From NPR: "Moby-Dick Marathon – Celebrating An American Literary Classic "