Tag Archives: Moby-Dick

Happy 200th Herman

With all of the hullabaloo about local literary star Walt Whitman’s 200th anniversary celebrations, I completely missed the fact that it is also the 200th birthday of Herman Melville. To celebrate the anniversary, Chronicle Books has published this splendid pop-up … Continue reading

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Pierre; or, The Ambiguities

To be perfectly honest, I have always been ambivalent about Herman Melville. When I read Moby-Dick in high school, I found it to be an uneven slog. However, his iconic short story Bartleby the Scrivener provided me with a role model for life. The … Continue reading

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Take a cruise on the Pequod

Back in May, the U.S. public broadcaster PBS launched the Great American Read program, an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading through 100 of America’s best-loved books. PBS recently released a wonderful series of posters inspired … Continue reading

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Only The Classics

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Call Me Ishmael

I rarely endorse Kickstarter projects, but Call Me Ishmael is a worthy literary project that deserves attention. Honored by the National Book Foundation with the Innovations in Reading Prize, Call Me Ishmael has already surpassed its modest Kickstarter goal. Inspired … Continue reading

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Literary gifs

Santiago, Chile-based art director Javier Jensen has a whale of a time creating understated book cover gifs. Look closely.

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Mark My Words

For some bibliophiles the humble bookmark is an essential reading companion. I have some fantastic examples—nearly all gifts of course—but as often as not I resort to bits of paper, folded post-it notes or random ephemera to mark my place. … Continue reading

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A screaming comes across the sky

The American Book Review is an award-winning publication that specializes in reviews of often neglected or under-rated novels, poetry and literary criticism from small, regional and university presses. Not long ago they published a marvelous list of the “100 Best … Continue reading

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Or, the Whale

Yesterday, Google treated us to a neat Google Doodle to celebrate the 161st anniversary of the publication of Moby Dick, or, the whale, the iconic American novel by Herman Melville. If you have yet to meet the challenge of the … Continue reading

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Do Fictitious Dishes Have Calories

For her very clever photo project called “Fictitious Dishes“, graphic artist/designer/editor/photographer Dinah Fried has reimagined meals for iconic fictional characters. She recreated and staged meals from Moby Dick, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Catcher in the Rye, Alice … Continue reading

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