April 08, 2010


Moby-Dick image at Wikimedia CommonsThe Friends of the Library will sponsor their second session of Moby-Dick chat tonight. You are welcome to come even if you missed the first round. Their web site has several good links, including one to the NPR American Icon audio files. And their discussion board has still more links.

The Falmouth Public Library in Massachusetts is holding a big Moby-Dick extravaganza including lectures, a 24 hour read-aloud, and many other events. Their site has lots of leads to other Moby materials, including a movie list.

Most of the Takoma attendees at the previous discussion were reading the book in one of several print editions or listening to an audio recording. You might also be interested in looking at the several free digital versions.
Power Moby-Dick is annotated. And addictive, at least to those of us who always loved great, crazy footnotes.
Project Gutenberg offers the text in your choice of several formats, including HTML, plain text, and EPUB.
Public Literature has an online text with embedded audio.
Here is an HTML version that seems particularly easy to read.

If you are using a computer that is filtered you may be unable to access this digital version, which is interesting in that you can see a cloud of chapter titles showing which are being read most frequently. It is also partly annotated, but oddly.

If censored, you will probably not be able to visit online the Plattsburg State Art Museum which has the original Rockwell Kent illustrations.

The Apple iBooks version is also supposedly bowdlerized.

Oddities (for footnote lovers):
The scanned text of a book for outfitting a whaling voyage, owned by the Smithsonian.
One drawing for every page of Moby-Dick. Scroll down.
The picture above is from Wikimedia Commons which also has a picture of the studio where Melville wrote Moby-Dick and a Library of Congress map of the voyage.

Update: Look for Jack Aranson's one-man stage play. A gem, and available on DVD.
"Years from now acting classes and scholars will be studying this film for its power in bringing the immortal words of Herman Melville to life." IMDB: Moby Dick (1978) (streaming trailer)

And if you can get to Dallas by May 16th, go to the opera. Moby-Dick, an new opera by Jake Heggie

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Posted by library at April 8, 2010 05:33 PM
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