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 Moby Dick: An Oratorio

MATA Interval 7.2 presents
West Fourth New Music Collective and Contemporaneous
Friday, February 21st, 2014 | 8:00 pm
ISSUE Project Room | 22 Boerum Place, Ground Floor | Brooklyn
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Moby Dick-An Orotorio

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MATA Interval presents two rising stars of the DIY new music scene in a modern oratorio inspired by Melville's Moby Dick. Composer collective West Fourth New Music Collective (W4) joins Contemporaneous, a New York-based new music ensemble, in the world premiere of Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities on Friday, February 21 at 8:00 pm at Brooklyn's ISSUE Project Room.

Collaboratively written by composers and W4 co-founders Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, Molly Herron, and Ruben Naeff, the evening-length piece composes through Melville's novel, focusing on themes and events related to mortality, identity, and the hunt. Singers will include Lucy Dhegrae, Ariadne Greif, Charlotte Mundy and Sean Christensen. The music will be accompanied by abstract projections inspired by Rockwell Kent's illustrations to the 1930 Modern Library edition of Moby Dick, created by visual artist Andy Cahill.


Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities

I. Hymn Tim Hansen
II. At the Mast-head Molly Herron
III. The Graceful Repose of the Line Ruben Naeff
IV. Some Ships Matt Frey
V. The Sea Herron
VI. The Non-Valvular Structure of the Whale's Blood-Vessels Naeff
VII. A Song of Wind, Sea and Stars Hansen
VIII. A White and Turbid Wake Frey
IX. There She Blows Hansen
X. All Men are Enveloped in Whale-Lines Naeff
XI. Lower Away Frey
XII. Call Me Herron

The program will be performed without intermission and runs approximately an hour.

About Moby Dick: Extracts on Death and Other Curiosities.

Echoing the multiplicity of Melville's novel, W4 composers created a collection of responses to themes and events from the book. From a narrative episode depicting the final chase of Moby Dick to abstract meditations incorporating spoken text as a textural element embedded in the music, the evening ranges widely through styles and impressions vividly evoking scenes and emotions from Melville's world. Balancing collaboration and individual expression, each composer engaged with personal areas of interest while together conceiving the flow and experience of the work as a whole. The libretto was crafted by the composers, in some cases using extended excerpts, and other times stitching together lines from across the whole novel. This oratorio was written specifically for Contemporaneous who work-shopped early sketches.

About the Artists:

Matt Frey (b. 1980) is a Brooklyn-based composer of contemporary concert music. In 2013, selections from his opera-in-progress The Fox and the Pomegranate were selected for performance at Ft. Worth Opera's inaugural Frontiers showcase. Frey's concert music has been heard in performances by the JACK String Quartet, West Point Woodwind Quintet, NYU Symphony Orchestra, Manhattan Wind Ensemble, Washington Square Winds, and at the 2012 Etchings Festival in France and 2012 Duffy Festival in Norfolk, VA. An alumnus of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop and a recent graduate of the Masters program in Music Composition at New York University, where he studied with Joan La Barbara and Julia Wolfe, Frey is also known as a new music producer, performer, conductor, and advocate through his activities as co-founder of the West 4th New Music Collective.

Tim Hansen (b. 1978) is a composer whose work fuses cabaret and music theatre, with more traditional concert music idioms. His music has been performed in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Mexico, and the United States, as well as in his native Australia. He has composed music for Austrailia's Song Company, Sydney Theatre Company, Saffire Guitar Quartet, Guitarstrophe and the Griffyn Ensemble, and has collaborated closely with artists such as guitarist Tim Kain and clarinetist Nicole Canham. In America, Hansen has worked with Transit, the JACK Quartet, Cadillac Moon Ensemble, NYU Symphony Orchestra, NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble, and has been a composition fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Institute and the Norfolk Contemporary Music Festival. He has been awarded the Frank Ponton Memorial Prize, the Darwin International Guitar Festival Composition Prize, and an ArtStart Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. He is a founding director of both ExhAust New Music and the W4 New Music collective in New York.

Molly Herron (b. 1982) is a Brooklyn based composer, performer, and educator. She is a recipient of the Exploring the Metropolis 2012/13 Con Edison Composer's Residency at the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy and a fellow at La Pietra Forum in Florence. Recent commissions includes pieces for the JACK Quartet, ECCE, The Cygnus Ensemble, The NYU Contemporary Ensemble and arrangements for the folk group The Great Republic of Rough and Ready, among others. Herron has collaborated with a variety of artists in theater, dance, and film. Her work with the filmmaker Josephine Decker will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. She is a co-founding director of the W4 New Music, a composer's collective dedicated to enriching the possibilities for new music and its makers since 2010. Herron received her bachelor's degree from Sarah Lawrence College where she studied composition with Chester Biscardi and Steven Burke. She received a Master of Music degree from the Steinhardt School at NYU having studied with Joan La Barbara and Michael Gordon.

Ruben Naeff (b. 1981) writes music that speaks to broad audiences as well as to new music lovers. A native of Amsterdam, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY, he is a co-founder of West 4th New Music and has collaborated with such groups as Signal, JACK Quartet, Deviant Septet, Wild Rumpus, Berkeley Symphony, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. His music has been performed in seven European countries and across America and was presented by as a part of the Bang on a Can Marathon. In 2008, he released his CD De Bètacanon. Naeff was awarded the prestigious HSP Huygens Talent Scholarship to study with Michael Gordon at NYU; previously he attended the conservatories of Amsterdam and The Hague and also holds a master's degree in mathematics. He has attended master classes by Louis Andriessen, David Lang, Augusta Read Thomas and Christopher Rouse and the summer programs of Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, Bang on a Can and Music11.

About West Fourth New Music Collective
West Fourth New Music is a collective of composers and performers dedicated to presenting new live concert music in and around New York City. W4 makes a priority of programming and producing new music events with an eye toward bringing diverse audiences together through innovative concert experiences. Co-directors Matt Frey, Tim Hansen, Molly Herron, and Ruben Naeff met while studying in the graduate program of NYU's Steinhardt School on West 4th Street in Manhattan in 2010. A mutual desire to produce their own work outside of the academic environment and to cultivate a broader audience for new music spurred the formation of W4.

About Contemporaneous
Contemporaneous is a New York-based ensemble of nineteen musicians dedicated to performing and promoting the most exciting music of now. Founded in 2010 at Bard College, Contemporaneous has played over sixty shows at venues including (le) poisson rouge, Merkin Concert Hall, Roulette, St. Ann's Warehouse, Galapagos Art Space, Baryshnikov Arts Center and The Stone and has been featured as guest artist at the MATA Interval Series, Tribeca New Music Festival, Neighborhood Classics, and in California at the Berkeley Arts Festival. The ensemble has been featured on WNYC's "SoundCheck" and "New Sounds" programs. Contemporaneous supports the work of new and established composers, encouraging artists to take risks, challenge expectations and defy constraints. To date, Contemporaneous has performed more than thirty world premieres by such composers as Albert Behar, Conor Brown, Ryan Chase, Kyle Gann, Yotam Haber, Molly Joyce and Dylan Mattingly. In 2012, Innova Recordings releasedthe ensemble's debut album, Stream of Stars — Music of Dylan Mattingly, comprising music written specifically for Contemporaneous by its founding co-artistic director. Contemporaneous often collaborates with musicians and artists from other fields, among them pop and rock artists Jherek Bischoff, David Byrne, Sondre Lerche, Amanda Palmer, Zac Pennington, Greg Saunier, Mirah Zeitlyn, Zola Jesus, Fifth Veil and Yassou Benedict. The ensemble regularly presents educational programs for New York public elementary school P.S. 142 and the Western Connecticut Youth Orchestra.

About MATA

MATA is unique in its singular devotion to the music of young and emerging composers regardless of their stylistic inclinations or aesthetic leanings. Founded by Philip Glass, Eleonor Sandresky, and Lisa Bielawa in 1996 as Music at the Anthology, MATA presents a week-long festival of new music by composers under age forty each spring in New York City, an acclaimed series of occasional concerts and events known as Interval, and workshops and activities geared to the professional development of young composers. Each year's MATA festival presents approximately twenty works by young composers, three to four of which are commissioned specifically for the occasion. MATA receives more than 600 submissions to its annual call for scores, making a MATA commission the most sought-after opportunity for young composers worldwide. To date, MATA has commissioned more than 70 works, and has presented over 300 performances of pieces by young composers. In 2007 MATA established Interval, an occasional concert series that presents the work of young composers. Since its inception, MATA's festivals and events have been critically acclaimed and broadly respected within the contemporary music community: The New Yorker has hailed MATA as "the city's leading showcase for vital new music by emerging composers"; The New York Times has called it "nondogmatic, even antidogmatic;" The Village Voice named MATA "the contemporary classical equivalent of the U.N. General Assembly." In 2010 MATA received the ASCAP Foundation's prestigious Aaron Copland Award in recognition of its outstanding commitment to young composers. MATA is dedicated to providing opportunities for young composers who may be overlooked by other institutions and consequently programs its events nearly exclusively from free and open submissions to several annual calls for scores. For the majority of the composers selected through our jury process, a MATA performance is an early harbinger of success; it is often one of their first major commissions and first significant exposure to New York and national audiences. MATA Alumni have gone on to receive Takemitsu, Siemens, Pulitzer and Rome prizes, MacArthur "Genius" grants, Guggenheim Fellowships, Barlow and Koussevitsky commissions and every other major prize in contemporary music. In recognizing, presenting and supporting unique compositional voices, MATA is a catalyst for their entry into American musical life.


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John Gretchko Apparently, I do not understand why I am being invited to write on FaceBook when I only intend to write here. I will repeat what I wrote there. In January 1931, Alexander Calder and his new wife, Louisa James, a grandniece of Henry and William James, sailed for France. On the voyage they read Moby-Dick together. This is no grand event, but it may be the first known time of a reading of the novel at sea. More to the point, did they comment on the novel in letters? Is there any such evidence in Calder biographies? Given another lifetime I may understand technology!
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John Gretchko I did, where is it?
Greg Lennes FYI
Herman Melville's Arrowhead “Poor Herman” is the third of the “Herman” Plays series at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. It was written by Elizabeth Doss, Melville's great-great-great-granddaughter. "Poor Herman" was first produced in 2016 at The Off Center, Austin, Texas.
There will be an author talk-back after the performance which begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 3 at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made at 413-442-1793, ext 13, or online at the museum store, Seating is limited.
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Greg Lennes Bonnie Honig, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, will deliver a Presidential Faculty Award lecture on Monday, Oct. 2, titled “What Literature Can Teach Politics: Melville’s Moby-Dick as a Critique of Hobbes’ Leviathan.”
Bonnie Honig to deliver Presidential Faculty Award lecture Honig, known for her wide-ranging work on the conditions necessary for collective democratic action, will discuss how the novel ‘Moby Dick’ responds to Thomas Hobbes’ ‘Leviathan.’
Greg Lennes From "Byte Sized Biographies" Blog: Melville (includes Podcast).
David Shaerf Call Us Ishmael is a documentary about Moby-Dick and the people who have been inspired by it (poster art by Matt Kish). I encourage you to 'like' the facebook page to stay updated on upcoming screenings!
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor: From "Comics I Don't Understand" blog. :)
Greg Lennes From Boston Globe: "Berkshire hills have provided inspiration to Hawthorne, Melville, Rowling."
Greg Lennes Melville in the News: The New York Times cited Melville when Kim Jong-un, the North Korea leader, called President Trump a ‘Dotard.’ Melville used it in a poem, The Maldive Shark." “Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat.” In the poem the pilot fish leads the dull shark to food. It is the "eyes and brains to the dotard" that is the shark. In turn the pilot fish seeks protection from the shark in times of trouble. The Maldive Shark About the Shark, phlegmatical one, Pale sot of the Maldive sea, The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim, How alert in attendance be. From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of maw They have nothing of harm to dread, But liquidly glide on his ghastly flnak Or before his Gorgonian head; Or lurk in the port of serrated teeth In white triple tiers of glittering gates, And there find a haven when peril's abroad, An asylum in jaws of the Fates! They are friends; and friendly they guide him to prey, Yet never partake of the treat- Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman Chapter 86 – The Tail “Woe to that sailor, whiskers and all” when the fluke of a whale upon him does fall and the oars and the crew around him do fly and he’s floatin’ on his back starin’ up at the sky Yea, a grudging respect is all he can feel for a wallop that lands with the weight of steel And the planks of the boat around him do sprawl “very much as a juggler tosses his balls” A mere man can offer little resistance Tis something to admire – but from a distance From my collection: a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick .
Colin Dewey "FAYAWAY: Melville, Fantasy, and Fame." FREE! Saturday at 1pm. Final "Blue Room" lecture of the season. Presented by Colin Dewey, sponsored by Cal Maritime Dept. of Culture and Communication and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melvi Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melvi Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melville’s Persistent Connections with San Francisco Bay

The National Park Service and California State University Maritime Academy are partnering to present a series of free lectures for the public in 2017.

The Blue Room Lectures will be presented by professors from Cal Maritime and will take place in the Maritime Museum at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (900 Beach Street, San Francisco, in the Blue Room.) A Q & A period will follow each talk.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 PM: “The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melville’s Persistent Connections with San Francisco Bay,” by Colin Dewey, Assistant Professor of English at Cal Maritime.
Hershel Parker Everything's up to date in the new NCE!
Hershel Parker I wonder how many will agree about the change since 2001. I see it in what is posted on this site.
Greg Lennes Here is the latest copy of "Leviathan" - Journal of Melville Studies - Volume 19 Number 2 June 2017:
Luis Velez This from last year:
A Melville Marginalia Mystery A researcher's reading of erased marginalia provides insight to Melville's thoughts on religion.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Trivia- "Tom and Jerry" cartoon episode 122 - Dicky Moe 1962:)
Juli Crockett Feldman Thrilled to share that my Herman Melville-inspired play [or, the whale] is being realized in Boston, MA by the Imaginary Beasts theater company this October/November! Tickets on sale soon!
Imaginary Beasts For their 2017|18 season, imaginary beasts draws inspiration from the ocean’s murky depths, and the extraordinary fight for survival waged by those titans of the sea - the Giant Squid and the Sperm Whale.

Nautical quests across (and under!) unfathomable, watery depths, and epic battles with mythical marine monsters are the order of the day as the beasts offer a pair of daring, theatrical adventures based on classic tales of the briny deep.

First up: [or, the whale] by Juli Crockett, performing October 13-November 4, 2017.

Inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick, [or, the whale] is a poetic meditation on loss and longing; a song of finding and forgetting; and, a theatrical reflection upon humankind’s ongoing quest for wholeness. The play follows multiple Captain Ahabs as they form a mad crew whose purpose is to search for Ahab’s missing leg, which is lost in the impossible vastness of the seas. We are especially pleased to be collaborating with Kangaroo Rat Music, popular Provincetown buskers, for this Boston-premiere production! [For more information:].

And announcing Winter Panto 2018, performing January 13-February 3, 2018.

We’ve been threatening to do this for years, and, at long last, it’s happening: the beasts would like to officially reveal this year’s title for their annual winter celebration: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea {A Steampunk Panto}! Taking cross-eyed, unsteady aim at Jules Verne’s classic work of science fiction, this year’s Panto follows a motley crew of adventurers as they navigate some mighty troubled waters under the command of mad genius Captain Nemo. When a protesting Jules Verne storms the stage to put an end to the nonsense, it’s anyone’s guess how this Panto will end!

And the adventure continues: this year, both productions will take place at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.

That’s right, we’re changing venues, bringing our distinctive sense of play to a charming brick Victorian firehouse! If you’re not familiar with CWT, you should be!

Save the above dates, and we hope to see you at the theater soon!
Greg Lennes Melvillean France. In Besançon France Théâtre Alcyon presents a play based on Melville's "The Confidence-Man" this month.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman Every sailor goes to Sunday services before embarking on a 3-year voyage. From my collection: Ch. 7 – The Chapel Taking refuge inside a chapel where 'moody fishermen' pay their respects before they sail I am protected from the wind and sleet but not from what lies ahead Words etched in marble line the walls paying homage to departed sailors ~Lost overboard near the Isle of Desolation~ (Look ahead, look straight ahead at the preacher) ~Towed out of sight by a whale~ (Don’t look at the walls!) ~Killed by a Sperm Whale on the coast of Japan~ (I will go to sea I will go to sea)
Greg Lennes Start planning:) 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon, January 5–7, 2018 at New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA).
Greg Lennes FYI - at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead on Tuesday, September 19
Herman Melville's Arrowhead Carl A. Rossi’s play “Hawthorne & Melville” opens the “Herman” Plays series at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30pm directed by J. Peter Bergman. The play follows the friendship between the two American authors from August 1850 through November 1851 when both men were working on their new novels, “The House of Seven Gables” and “Moby-Dick” and building a relationship that never completely gelled.
Admiring the older author with a near-passion, Melville attempts to stretch their acquaintance into something larger than life while Hawthorne, a shyer, more reticent man, tries to keep their relationship more casual. Almost a mediator between them Sophia Hawthorne encourages both men to enjoy an intimacy rare for her husband whose reluctance to engage has made him an introverted human being.
Rossi gives us the two men whose actual intimacy inspired in Melville a new way of writing and confirmed for him his own capabilities if not his genius. Surrounding them with other literary greats of the era, the play provides a perspective on this unique friendship from outside and inside, from a child’s point of view, a wife’s imagination and a merging of two giants into a single entity: Hawthorne & Melville.
Tickets for the play are $20 and seating is limited. Call 413.442.1793 x13 to make reservations, or e-mail Mel Cobb plays Melville and Kirk Jackson is Hawthorne. Laura Gardner plays Sophia with Erin Hunt as Lizzie Melville, Andrew Joffe as Evert Duyckinck, John Trainor as Cornelius Mathews, Robert Bruyr as Oliver Wendell Holmes, J. Peter Bergman as James Fields.
Next in the series is “Kraken: A Story of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville” by Len Jenkin on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 followed by “Poor Herman” by Elizabeth Doss on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00
Image is of a painting of Hawthorne, 1841 (Peabody Essex Museum)
Hershel Parker As of today I have the 3rd pass for the proofs of 3rd Norton Critical Edition of MOBY-DICK. Should not take many days.
Hershel Parker If this posts, it is to celebrate the latest discoveries we have been able to get into the NCE. This is Bob Madison's. Rah rah Bob!
Colin Dewey
Why Melville Matters Jean Giono’s short, unclassifiable book is an ode to "Moby-Dick" and the power of literature to command empathy.
Greg Lennes From the New Republic: "Why Melville Matters Jean Giono’s short, unclassifiable book is an ode to "Moby-Dick" and the power of literature to command empathy."
Why Melville Matters Jean Giono’s short, unclassifiable book is an ode to "Moby-Dick" and the power of literature to command empathy.
Greg Lennes From Elmira College (NY): "Dr. McCall Co-Edits a New Collection of Herman Melville Writings."
Greg Lennes Readings from new Herman Melville plays at Arrowhead on September 3rd, September 26th and October 3rd.
Herman Melville's Arrowhead Come see staged readings of the new Herman Melville plays! In the big red barn at Arrowhead.
Edward G Pettit The Rosenbach's Moby-Dick course starts this Saturday, taught by Peter Norberg, associate general editor of Melville's Marginalia Online. The course meets the third Thu of the month for six months and features presentations of the Rosenbach's Melville collection.
Course: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville This course includes 6 monthly sessions on every third Saturdays from September 16 to February 17. Details to come.
Greg Lennes From Broadway News - Minneapolis: "Theatre Coup d'Etat Presents Staged Reading of MOBY DICK."
Theatre Coup d'Etat Presents Staged Reading of MOBY DICK Herman Melville's Moby Dick has been called the greatest American novel . This adaptation illustrates what truly makes America great - diversity, inclusion, and hard work.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman From Moby-Dick: Ch. 75 -- The Right Whale’s Head – Contrasted Views. From my collection: “Ancient dames moved about gaily” Above and beneath the sea Which was playground, dining table, kingdom For creatures ever joyful and free Creatures ever joyful and free Gracefully and powerfully ruled Over miles and oceans and eons And their offspring they carefully schooled Their offspring they carefully schooled From blowhole to brit to baleen In charge of all that was ‘round them And then came man in between Then came man in between Setting his sights far and wide Craving what lay beyond him He could never be satisfied He could never be satisfied On the oceans he would be king More, ever more, not enough Til he’d plundered everything
Lawrence Klaes
inSerial: part eleven Delusions of Being Observed “The one thing to remember about Melville is that he wrote Moby Dick when he was thirty years old. Thirty.” I hold up a battered paperback copy. The same copy I read in high school.
Greg Lennes From Literary Hub: "The Original 1851 Reviews of Moby-Dick."
The Original 1851 Reviews of Moby Dick All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; …
Greg Lennes Anti-Melvillean Humor: From Chicago Tribune - "The Biblioracle: 'Ulysses,' 'Moby-Dick' and other books you shouldn't feel obligated to read" by John Warner. Here is an excerpt: "It's OK not to have read something, but let's say you're looking at the classics and thinking you want to add some notches to your reading belt. I'm going to save you time by telling you which ones you can safely bypass, starting with "Moby-Dick." How can this guy be telling me not to read a book he hasn't read? you're asking, and I'm saying, "exactly." I'm risking a *parade of pitchfork-wielding Melville Society members* on my porch for this, but the book is long and ponderous and I'd only barely reached the detailed chapters on the ins and outs of the whaling trade. Yes, it's an important and deserved icon of American literature, but fortunately, if you need to know what Melville was up to, we have the much shorter sea tale, "Billy Budd."
Greg Lennes Interesting German story on Melville in the Berkshires.
Miguel Angel Prado Zamora Desde 2013 promoviendo el arte, la cultura y la salud mental.
Greg Lennes Melville on Immigrants and Diversity: "There is something in the contemplation of the mode in which America has been settled, that, in a noble breast, should forever extinguish the prejudices of national dislikes. Settled by the people of all nations, all nations may claim her for their own. You can not spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world." ( "Redburn: His First Voyage" -- Chapter 33 THE SALT-DROGHERS, AND GERMAN EMIGRANT SHIPS)
Greg Lennes From City A.M. (London): "Moby-Dick author Herman Melville's house on sale in Covent Garden." Are any Melvilleans in the market for a home? :)
Moby Dick author Herman Melville's house on sale in Covent Garden If you live for the drama, a home in the heart of theatreland means you’ve made it to the big time.
Brian Yothers Something for Melvilleans to anticipate:
A Squeeze of the Hand a little going away present from the Comets to our fans. this is a song from Moby Dick, a mammoth musical that will happen someday soon. music & lyrics by da...
Greg Lennes Wellfleet Library (55 West Main Street, Wellfleet MA, 508 349 0310) Celebrates! Steve Durkee's MOBY-DICK Poems. Wellfleet Library will present an ensemble reading by Steve Durkee’s friends, who each chose four favorite poems from Melville’s MOBY- DICK.
Ensemble Reading and Celebration Wellfleet Library will present an ensemble reading by Steve Durkee’s friends, who each chose four favorite poems from Herman Melville’s MOBY- DICK Hidden Treasures Found Poetry discovered by Stephen Durkee. The reading will be on Tuesday, Septem [...]
Greg Lennes From Salon: The 10 best Labor Day movies: One is “Bartleby” “Bartleby” Adapted from Herman Melville’s story, “Bartleby the Scrivener,” this offbeat comedy has the title character (a terrific Crispin Glover) answering, “I would prefer not to” when the Boss (David Paymer) asks him for help with something. Bartleby further explains that he has given up working. I could tell you more about this film, which is very good, and darkly comic, but I would prefer not to." Excerpt from film:
Greg Lennes Melvillean Trivia: Armed Services Editions (ASEs) were small, compact, paperback books printed by the Council on Books in Wartime for distribution within the American military during World War II. This program was in effect from 1943 to 1946. The slogan of the Council on Books in Wartime was, "Books are weapons in the war of ideas." Here are two of the Melville books: Moby-Dick and Omoo (Typee is not pictured here): Moby_Dick Omoo
Greg Lennes For Melvillean Gamblers: "Have a whale of a time with new Moby Dick online slot." :)
Have a whale of a time with new Moby Dick online slot | Casinopedia Rabcat Gaming have unveiled a new Moby Dick online slot game which will premiere at 32Red Online Casino in October 2017 before docking at other casinos.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor: British writer-illustrator Tom Gauld's new book "Baking With Kafka" will be published in October. It is a new collection of his one-panel cartoons. It is described as "a droll commentary on the writing business and the decline of books and reading." It includes his Melville cartoon:)
Greg Lennes Here is a video of unique Moby-Dick sand art at Warnemünde, seaside resort and a district of the city of Rostock in Mecklenburg, Germany.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman This poem for Chapter 121 in Moby-Dick speaks to all the chaos occurring in the world right now and is dedicated to the people of Houston. A sailor is anchored to his ship, his ship to the ocean, the ocean to the planet. The planet, which feels steady and solid as granite, floats and spins, held down by He who planned it and whose whims test all who withstand it.
Greg Lennes The Norton Critical Editions 2017-2018 catalog is now available! Featured is HERMAN MELVILLE - Moby-Dick Edited by Hershel Parker, University of Delaware ( will be published in October). This is from the new catalog: "One of the great strengths of this third edition is Hershel Parker’s inclusion of commentary on Moby-Dick from its publication in 1851 right into the 21st century to answer why Moby-Dick —boisterous, beautiful, filled with soaring language, forever questioning, and nearly 200 years old—is more popular than ever." — Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, University of Connecticut. This Norton Critical Edition includes: * Melville’s classic novel of whaling and revenge, based on Hershel Parker’s revision of the 1967 text edited by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker. * Twenty-six illustrations, including maps, contemporary engravings, and diagrams of whaleboat rigging. * Background and source materials centering on whaling and whalecraft, Melville’s international reception, the inspirations for Moby-Dick , and Melville’s related correspondence. * Forty-four reviews and interpretations of the novel spanning three centuries. * A revised and updated Selected Bibliography. THIRD EDITION 978-0-393-28500-0 736 pages October 2017 18.00
Greg Lennes From the Melvillean Past: Melville's short story, "The Fiddler" was published anonymously in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine for September 1, 1854
The Fiddler A free story every week, sponsored by The Library of America
Greg Lennes Melvillean trivia: Here is a biography of the Irish poet, James Clarence Mangan (1803—1849), who influenced Melville. In 1952 writing for the Dublin Magazine, Seumas O'Sullivan suggested that Melville particularly liked " The Time of the Barmecides " and flattered its author by " The Age of the Antonines." Melville originally bought his poems on February 15, 1862 and annotated his copy. Louise Imogen Guiney, whose essay entitled “James Clarence Mangan” had appeared in The Atlantic Monthly (November, 1891 ; LXVIII, pp. 641-59). Here is the poem: "Time of the Barmecides" by Mangan
Colin Dewey The Whale as a Dish
Dave Malloy - The Whale As A Dish (from Moby Dick) @ W Times Square, 8/27/17 Dave Malloy sings the new song "The Whale As A Dish" from his upcoming work based on Moby Dick. Part of Broadway at W, W New York Times Square, Sunday, Augus...
Elizabeth Schurman There used to be a plaque and a bust of Melville on the site of his birth, in Manhattan, at 6 Pearl Street. I visited it maybe two years ago, and shortly afterward, I returned, and it was gone. Maybe it has to do with New York Unearthed, which used to be there? Anyone know what happened to it? I was heartbroken.
Tim Robbins Two years ago, I had the great fortune to speak with Ognen Cemerski about his Macedonian translation of Moby Dick. He was a wonderful person and a beautiful intellect. RIP.
Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator · Global Voices Čemerski passed away on August 25 of cancer. Beyond literature, he was remembered as someone who made thoughtful commentary about the tense state of affairs in Macedonia.
Greg Lennes From Global Voices: "Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator."
Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator · Global Voices Čemerski passed away on August 25 of cancer. Beyond literature, he was remembered as someone who made thoughtful commentary about the tense state of affairs in Macedonia.
Greg Lennes Forthcoming Publication: "Melville among the Philosophers" edited by Corey McCall and Tom Nurmi - Afterword by Cornel West - Contributions by Troy Jollimore; Mark Anderson; Edward F. Mooney; Jason M. Wirth; Gary Shapiro; Tracy B. Strong; Marilyn Nissim-Sabat; Kris Sealey; Eduardo Mendieta and David LaRocca. It will be published in October 2017 by Lexington Books.
Melville-among-the-Philosophers This book is aimed at both philosophers and scholars of American literature who wish to reexamine the philosophical depth of Melville’s writings. Contributions deal with various philosophical...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Question: Here is an interesting story from Perth (Australia) Daily News for January 12, 1907 (original article in Manchester Guardian) : "The family of the American novelist Herman Melville are collecting material for the biography of their distinguished relative, and invite assistance from all who possess letters or other documents, bearing on the subject." I didn't know the family was collecting material on Melville. Maybe a Melvillean can explain this.
Greg Lennes From Los Angeles Review of Books -- "Foreign Companion: Jean Giono’s “Melville: A Novel” By Adam Fales.
Greg Lennes The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Art Department are presenting the exhibition "A Moby-Dick Experience: Hershall Seals." The exhibit will be on display through Friday, September 22, in the gallery of the Baugh Center for Visual Arts on the UMHB campus (812 Shine Street, Belton, TX).
Hershall Seals Presents A Moby Dick Experience Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Art Department are proud to present the exhibition A Moby Dick Experience: Hershall Seals. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, August 21, though...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Boxing Trivia: Melville was knowledgeable about English bare knuckle boxing matches. He mentions boxers William Abednego Thompson (1811-1880), aka "Bendigo" and James ("Deaf") Burke in Moby-Dick when Captain Ahab defies his opponents and Starbuck. Burke lost to Bendigo in 10 rounds on February 12, 1839. "They think me mad—Starbuck does; but I'm demoniac, I am madness maddened! That wild madness that's only calm to comprehend itself! The prophecy was that I should be dismembered; and—Aye! I lost this leg. I now prophesy that I will dismember my dismemberer. Now, then, be the prophet and the fulfiller one. That's more than ye, ye great gods, ever were. I laugh and hoot at ye, ye cricket-players, ye pugilists, ye deaf Burkes and blinded Bendigoes! I will not say as school-boys do to bullies,—Take some one of your own size; don't pommel me! No, ye've knocked me down, and I am up again; but ye have run and hidden. Come forth from behind your cotton bags! I have no long gun to reach ye. Come, Ahab's compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me." By the way Bendigo was not blinded. He was crowned as the Champion Prize Fighter of All England. One of Bendigo’s famous fights with his great rival Ben Caunt, went for 96 rounds lasting over two hours. Melville also mentions Bendigo in his correspondence for April 26, 1847 to his cousin, Augustus Van Schaick . Here is a picture of Bendigo.
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick Celebration on November 18th at the Rosenbach Museum & Library 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215-732-1600):
Moby-Dick Celebration Our first annual reading of Moby-Dick will feature local literati reading selected passages from Herman Melville’s most famous novel and a celebration of one of the great American authors. This eve…
Greg Lennes Forthcoming Publication for October: "Herman Melville in Context" edited by Kevin J. Hayes. Publisher is Cambridge University Press. Table of Contents Part I. Geographical Contexts: 1. New York Kevin J. Hayes 2. The Berkshires Peter Bergman 3. The American West Nathaniel Lewis 4. The Pacific Alex Calder 5. London Jonathan A. Cook 6. Europe David Watson 7. The Holy Land Brian Yothers Part II. Social Contexts: 8. Men and women and men David Greven 9. Islanders and missionaries Sean Brawley and Chris Dixon 10. Literary circles David O. Dowling 11. Slaves, masters, and abolitionists Susan M. Ryan 12. Dons and Cholos Rodrigo Lazo 13. Bachelors and gentlemen Maura M. D'Amore 14. Officers and men Martin Griffin Part III. Cultural Contexts: 15. Opera Kevin J. Hayes 16. Panoramas Susan Tenneriello 17. Natural history Jennifer Schell 18. Technology Klaus Benesch 19. The lyceum movement Tom F. Wright 20. Painting and prints Colin Dewey Part IV. Literary Contexts: 21. The Bible Dawn Coleman 22. Seventeenth-century English prose Robin Grey 23. The picaresque novel Kelly Richardson 24. Travel writing Tim Youngs 25. German metaphysics Kim C. Sturgess 26. Gothicism Jonathan Crimmins 27. British romanticism Shawn Thomson Part V. The Contexts of Literary Reception: 28. Make-or-break reviews Hershel Parker 29. The Melville revival Eric Aronoff 30. Modernism David M. Ball 31. Postmodernism Timothy Parrish 32. Translations Rute Beirante 33. Biographies Ian Maloney 34. The cinema John Parris Springer.
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Eileen Valentino Flaxman Moby Dick Chapter 104 - The Fossil Whale Man stares out over the vast ocean Endless, gray-blue waves churning as far as the eye can see and feels reduced to a thimble, a cork, bobbing powerlessly on the endless surface No more substantial than a dot on a map sharing his insignificance with even the gargantuan leviathan who, spotted miles away looks but a dot himself in the boundless vista. Man stares next into earth’s vast history Eons of time and space and experience without his presence and feels dwarfed once again But this time not joined by the Ancient Whale who populated the planet and explored the seas some 40 million years ago, when man ‘twas not even a dream.
Greg Lennes The 2017 Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall UK has the James Wilton Dance Company presenting LEVIATHAN - "a blend of athletic dance, martial arts, and partner-work" as the cast of seven re-imagine Melville’s epic novel, "Moby-Dick". It is scheduled for August 28th. You can't have a fish festival without Moby-Dick:)
The best things about this weekend's Newlyn Fish Festival It's going to be a bumper Bank Holiday weekend in west Cornwall - but it's not all pirates as Cornwall's favourite fish festival is set to return
Greg Lennes Forthcoming Publication: "Herman Melville: Among the Magazines" by Graham Thompson (University of Massachusetts Press) - October 2017.
Herman Melville | University of Massachusetts Press "What I feel most moved to write, that is banned,—it will not pay. Yet, altogether, write the other way I cannot." Herman Melville wrote these words as he struggled to survive as a failing novelist. Between 1853 and 1856, he did write "the other way," working exclusively for magazines. He earned mor...
Greg Lennes The Melville Society Facebook Page has reached a 1000 member milestone! :)
Greg Lennes Melvillean Solar Eclipse: From Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1876) - 3.5.60-65 "This change, this dusking change that slips (Like the penumbra o'er the sun), Over the faith transmitted down; Foreshadows it complete eclipse?" Footnote: "The "penumbra" is the Earth's shadow that falls upon the moon during a lunar eclipse, but Melville here is applying the term to a solar eclipse." (From "Herman Melville: Stargazer" By Brett Zimmerman) The first photo of a total solar eclipse, shown here, was a daguerreotype by the Prussian photographer Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski. (July 28, 1851 - same year that Moby-Dick was published) :)
Robert Sandberg Many thanks to Greg Lennes for the constant sharing of his discoveries of media, library, and publishing events. I have begun posting them to the events calendar on the Melville Society website, as well as in an "Upcoming Events" module in the right sidebar.
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Greg Lennes From "New Bedford Whaling Museum to Receive Two Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities."
Greg Lennes Another Forthcoming publication: "Herman Melville Modernity and the Material Text" by Katie McGettigan (University of New Hampshire Press) - November 7, 2017. Table of Contents • Acknowledgments • Introduction • Impressions of Authenticity in Typee and Omoo • Bookbindings and Identity in Redburn and White-Jacket • Metaphors, Markets, and Moby-Dick’s “Æsthetics in All Things” • Pierre and the Ambiguities of Paper • Reproducibility, Originality, and Modernity in The Confidence-Man • Clarel’s Poetry and Pilgrimage of Print • Conclusion • Notes • Bibliography • Index
UPNEBookPartners - Herman Melville: Katie McGettigan A provocative reassessment of how Melville’s key works engaged with transformative aspects of book manufacture and distribution in the nineteenth century

Fellowships and Scholarships

Melville Society Archive
Walter E. Bezanson Fellowship
The Melville Society, under the auspices of the Melville Society Cultural Project in New Bedford, offers an annual fellowship to help a scholar undertake research on Herman Melville at the Society’s Archive in the Research Library of the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


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New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships


Graduate students or other affiliated academics whose work would benefit from visiting the Manuscripts and Archives Division to view collections such as the Gansevoort-Lansing collection, and Duyckinck family papers are encouraged to apply.


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Woodlawn Cemetary

WoodlawnWoodlawn Cemetary - final resting place of Herman, his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members. Click here to view photos of the gravesites.

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

A celebration of Melville's life at Woodlawn Cemetary on the 125th anniversary of his passing.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

Melville lived for nine years in this Lansingburgh house. It was here that he wrote Typee and Omoo

Berkshire Historical Society

ArrowheadMelville's Arrowhead home and farm in Pittsfield, MA where he wrote Moby-Dick and lived for most of the 1850s.