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2011-10-13 05:58 pm

Moby-Dick, or The Rant: chapters 116-123

I have sectioned out my copy of Moby-Dick, and it looks like I can finish this Rant in four more posts. The end of October draws nigh... )

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2011-10-09 08:17 am

Moby-Dick, or The Rant: chapters 110-115

The goal here is to finish this book by the end of October. The end is so close I can taste it. )

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2011-10-04 11:01 am

Moby-Dick, or The Rant: chapters 105-109

Some of you may have noticed I skipped Chapter 98: Stowing Down and Cleaning Up. While this oversight was purely accidental, I can assure you absolutely nothing of value was lost. If it's really bugging you, SparkNotes can help you out.

And now, on with the show. )

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2011-09-24 07:50 pm

Moby-Dick, or The Rant: chapters 94-97

Chapter 94: A Squeeze of the Hand is the chapter everyone points out as being incredibly gay, but I disagree because I enjoy being contrary.

Basically, Ishmael loves sperm. )
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2011-09-11 10:13 am

Moby-Dick, or The Rant: chapters 90-92

Chapter 90: Heads or Tails is a case study of English whaling law. It is exactly as thrilling as it sounds.

Short version: sometimes English lords take whalemen's whales just to be dicks.

The rest of this entry is somewhat more eventful. )

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2011-08-12 01:23 pm

Moby Dick, or The Rant: chapters 87-89

Let me preface this rant by saying that these chapters were really, really hard to summarize/write about. There's plenty of stuff going on, but very little of the prose is quotable, which kind of ruins my (admittedly lazy) usual structure.

Can I even remember the plot? Let's find out! )

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2011-07-26 12:47 pm

Moby Dick, or The Rant: chapters 82-86

The chapters in Moby Dick seem to follow a sort of pattern. Typically, three chapters of Ishmael babbling about science or history will go by before we get one chapter of plot that makes the whole thing worthwhile. If this ratio could be reversed, I would greatly appreciate it.

Essay, essay, essay... PLOT! )

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2011-07-10 12:59 pm

Moby Dick, or The Rant: chapters 77 + 78

This particular update contains A PICTURE of a NAKED man wherein one can view his unobstructed, non-erect PENIS. Consider yourselves warned.

Best chapter? Best chapter. )

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2011-05-14 07:03 pm

Moby Dick: Ramadan

It's a comic strip! We haven't seen one of those in forever. )

tl;dr: Ishmael is basically this guy.

Remember when I did something with my life that wasn't Moby Dick? Me neither.
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2011-05-08 10:22 am

Moby Dick, or The Rant: chapters 55-59

D-Ray and I went to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, where I took way too many pictures and learned a whole bunch about whaling and also stumped the museum employees.

ME: Do you have any sword mats?
MUSEUM PEOPLE: What?
ME: Sword mat? Named for the wooden, vaguely sword-like implement used to weave them?
MUSEUM PEOPLE: S-W-O-R-D sword?
ME: Yup!
MUSEUM PEOPLE: [exchange confused glances]
ME: Moby Dick, Chapter 47: The Mat-Maker?
MUSEUM PEOPLE: Did you check the Herman Melville exhibit?
ME: Yup!
MUSEUM PEOPLE: Yeahhh, we have no clue. Try the research library?

For the record, Google doesn't know what a sword-mat looks like either. According to the museum people (who, by the way, were super polite and friendly and helpful and generally awesome in every aspect) there is an event at the yearly Moby Dick reading marathon* called "Stump the Scholar" which they think I will be able to win with my question of "what is a sword mat?"

So, yeah. Those were my museum adventures. Back to reading!

Will you stop <i>talking</i> about whales and go kill some already? )
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Other adventures in Moby Dick include:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six
Part Seven
Part Eight
Part Nine
Part Ten
Part Eleven
Part Twelve
Part Thirteen
Part Fourteen
Part Fifteen
Part Sixteen
Part Seventeen
Part Eighteen
Part Nineteen
Part Twenty
Part Twenty-One
Part Twenty-Two (You Are Here)