Moby-Dick, Chapters 55-57

Chapters read: lv. Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whales, lvi. Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the True Pictures of Whaling Scenes., lvii. Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-Iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Stars Page reached: 265 of 522 (50.77%) Status Report: Aside from their position atop the novel's continental divide, there's nothing

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 51-54

Speaking of Town-Ho's ... (I ask you: what other blog can gracefully segue from Britney's hoohoo to Moby-Dick?) Chapters read: li. The Spirit-Spout, lii. The Albatross, liii. The Gam, liv. The Town-Ho's Story Page reached: 254 of 522 (48.66%) Status Report: Okay, now Melville is just taunting me. In my last report, I said that I might someday cobble together

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If Only We Could Dispel Him …

The Washington Post:Saudi Arabia is so concerned about the damage that the conflict in Iraq is doing across the region that it basically summoned Vice President Cheney for talks over the weekend...That's one good thing about our Vice President: at least we taxpayers don't have to foot the bill for his travel expenses. Some sheik in the Middle East makes

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Picture Day

I was surfing Flickr and stumbled upon this photo.Naturally, I immediately emailed it to everyone I knew. It seemed to elicit two distinct responses. Some immediately boarded the lollercoaster; others said they could hardly look at the photo, it made them so sad. I don't think it's a coincidence that parents were largely of the first opinion, and folks without

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 45-50

Chapters read: xlv. The Affidavit, xlvi. Surmises, xlvii. The Mat-Maker, xlviii. The First Lowering, il. The Hyena, l. Ahab's Boat and Crew. Fedallah Page reached: 224 of 522 (42.92%) Status Report: I'll say this much for Melville: he's done a good job of compartmentalizing this novel, segregating "story" and "info-dump" into distinct chapters. Ishmael doesn't break away in the middle

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 41-44

Chapters read: xli. Moby Dick, xlii. The Whiteness of The Whale, xliii. Hark!, xliv. The Chart Page reached: 195 of 522 (37.36%) Status Report: One nice thing about this book: even if you put it down for a few days, you don't have any trouble remember where you left off. "Oh that's right. They're on a boat. And nothing. Is.

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Potluck Supper

I brought a dish to the Potluck Supper, appearing today in The Morning News. I've been reading Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories to The Squirrelly -- could'ya tell?

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Moby Dick Update

I heard this on Tuesday's Writer's Almanac:On this day in 1851, Harper & Brothers published Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville. The British publisher accidentally left out the ending of the book, the epilogue. This confused a lot of British readers, because without the epilogue there was no explanation of how Ishmael, the narrator, lived to tell the tale. It seemed like

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Moby-Dick, Chapters 34-40

Chapters read: xxxiv. The Cabin-Table, xxxv. The Mast-Head, xxxvi. The Quarter-Deck, xxxvii. Sunset, xxxviii. Dusk, xxxvix. First Night Watch, xl. Midnight, Forecastle Page reached: 170 of 522 (32.57%) Status Report: I have fallen behind in my schedule, and am now reading the book in 30 page installments. This book is taking over my life. Last night my wife asked if

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