Moby-Dick: Chapters 5-9

Chapters read: v. Breakfast, vi. The Street, vii. The Chapel, viii. The Pulpit, ix. The Sermon Page reached: 47 of 522 (9%) Status report: A friend of mine once announced that he had deduced the secret to Stephen King's success. "Short chapters, man," he told me. "Those things are like potato chips. You read one, and then you flip ahead

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Come Aboard!

The crew of the S. S. Melville continues to swell: so far my in-real-life buddy John, as well as a number of LiveJournalists, have agreed to join me in my quixotic quest to get this novel under my belt by November 31st. (Only 30 days in November? My scheduled is fuxx0red!) In the Day One thread, Debra writes "Wish I'd

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Moby-Dick: Chapters 2-4

Possible Pitfalls Of Liveblogging The Reading Of Moby-DickSome graduate of Teh Intarweb School O' Comedy might send you a one line email, ruining the ending of the book for you.Well, hell. I suppose I could switch to another book, it's only Day Two. But, if I did, I'd have to keep it to prevent a reoccurrence of this kind of

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Moby-Dick: Preamble and Chapter 1

Chapters read: Etymology, Extracts, i. Loomings Page reached: 6 of 552 (1.15% compelte) Status report: Page six?! Jesus, what a rip-off. I read fourteen pages of preamble and get no credit for it whatsoever. Actually, to be honest, I kinda skipped around the "Extracts" part, skimmed here and there. Yes, I was cutting corners even before I got to page

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Moby Dick Liar

The following is an encore performance of this entry, which was first posted to dy on July 30, 2003. David Sedaris says he read Moby Dick. The liar. Well, I assume he's lying, because (a) he's a humorist (i.e., professional liar) and (b) it's well known that 71% of all Moby-Dick-reading claims are lies. I dunno -- maybe he did

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