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.


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Prolix worker's rights and government accountability attorney and General Counsel of CATER. His anti-corruption work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, leading them to work with the Democratic Party of Orange County Chair and other co-conspirators (who had long detested the internal oversight his presence provided) to remove him from the position of DPOC North Vice Chair of in violation of party rules and any semblance of due process. He also runs for office sometimes. Unless otherwise specifically stated, none of his writings prior to that lawless putsch ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Beautiful Bountiful Brea, but while he may brag about it he generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for candidates including Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and (except where noted) without compensation.