Weekend Open Thread! You should be doing this: the Moby-Dick ‘Big Read’


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(Original artwork from Maine government Fish and Wildlife site did not include “monster earphones.”)

Something pretty cool is going on right now — and most of you, unlike poor beleaguered high school students, are probably old enough to appreciate it, because in my opinion this is a book that requires some life-experience to truly cherish.  From a story on Slate.com:

For many, fall is the perfect time to snuggle up with a weighty literary classic, but Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick may not be the most popular choice. The imposing novel is notorious for its lengthy digressions, wide-ranging allusions, and, for some, unappealing subject matter. But a new project called the Moby-Dick Big Read is delivering Melville’s American epic in a new way: one chapter each day read aloud by people from various walks of life—including some you have probably heard of—and made available, for free, on the Internet.

Author Phillip Hoare—who has written his own whale book—and artist Angela Cockayne launched the project back in September, with the first chapter, and its famous first words, “Call me Ishmael,” lovingly delivered by actress Tilda Swinton.

That’s the Moby-Dick Big Read at http://www.mobydickbigread.com/.  If you’ve never read this Great American novel, now you can have a bunch of people do it for you.  The linked article offers some interesting samples from the various readers — like John Waters and Richard Attenborough.

While you’re waiting for that big boy, this is your Weekend Open Thread.  Talk about what you will.


About Greg Diamond

Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Runs for office sometimes, so far to offer a challenge to someone nasty who would otherwise have run unopposed. Someday he might pick a fight intending to win it rather than just to dent someone. You'll know it when you see it. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. A family member works part-time as a campaign treasurer. He doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he hated. He does advise some local campaigns informally and generally without compensation. If that changes, he will declare the interest. He also runs a less frequently published blog called "The Brean," for his chosen hometown, where he is now fighting with its wealthiest and most avaricious citizen-donors. This just seems to be his way.