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Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball.

—Herman Melville, from Moby-Dick, Chapter 1: “Loomings”

(image: Matt Kish's illustration of page 488 of Moby-Dick)

housingworksbookstore:

Check out our kick-ass poster by Bianca Stone for next month’s Moby-Dick Marathon reading, which will find port at Housing Works on Saturday—including a performance of “Midnight, Forecastle” by Amy Virginia Buchanan’s (aka our cafe manager and storytime ukulele player) Pequod Players troupe—from 10AM to 3PM, and Sunday the event ends here at 4PM. More info at Moby-Dick Marathon NYC, including the full crew.
More amazing details to come as they’re confirmed. We can tell you that there will be loads of amazing Littleneck clam chowder, some Out of Print Clothing swag, and reading copies from Penguin Classics, all our amazing sponsors; and a multimedia presentation of “Etymology” and “Extracts” at WORD on Friday to open the event.
housingworksbookstore:

Check out our kick-ass poster by Bianca Stone for next month’s Moby-Dick Marathon reading, which will find port at Housing Works on Saturday—including a performance of “Midnight, Forecastle” by Amy Virginia Buchanan’s (aka our cafe manager and storytime ukulele player) Pequod Players troupe—from 10AM to 3PM, and Sunday the event ends here at 4PM. More info at Moby-Dick Marathon NYC, including the full crew.
More amazing details to come as they’re confirmed. We can tell you that there will be loads of amazing Littleneck clam chowder, some Out of Print Clothing swag, and reading copies from Penguin Classics, all our amazing sponsors; and a multimedia presentation of “Etymology” and “Extracts” at WORD on Friday to open the event.
housingworksbookstore:

Check out our kick-ass poster by Bianca Stone for next month’s Moby-Dick Marathon reading, which will find port at Housing Works on Saturday—including a performance of “Midnight, Forecastle” by Amy Virginia Buchanan’s (aka our cafe manager and storytime ukulele player) Pequod Players troupe—from 10AM to 3PM, and Sunday the event ends here at 4PM. More info at Moby-Dick Marathon NYC, including the full crew.
More amazing details to come as they’re confirmed. We can tell you that there will be loads of amazing Littleneck clam chowder, some Out of Print Clothing swag, and reading copies from Penguin Classics, all our amazing sponsors; and a multimedia presentation of “Etymology” and “Extracts” at WORD on Friday to open the event.
housingworksbookstore:

Check out our kick-ass poster by Bianca Stone for next month’s Moby-Dick Marathon reading, which will find port at Housing Works on Saturday—including a performance of “Midnight, Forecastle” by Amy Virginia Buchanan’s (aka our cafe manager and storytime ukulele player) Pequod Players troupe—from 10AM to 3PM, and Sunday the event ends here at 4PM. More info at Moby-Dick Marathon NYC, including the full crew.
More amazing details to come as they’re confirmed. We can tell you that there will be loads of amazing Littleneck clam chowder, some Out of Print Clothing swag, and reading copies from Penguin Classics, all our amazing sponsors; and a multimedia presentation of “Etymology” and “Extracts” at WORD on Friday to open the event.
housingworksbookstore:

Check out our kick-ass poster by Bianca Stone for next month’s Moby-Dick Marathon reading, which will find port at Housing Works on Saturday—including a performance of “Midnight, Forecastle” by Amy Virginia Buchanan’s (aka our cafe manager and storytime ukulele player) Pequod Players troupe—from 10AM to 3PM, and Sunday the event ends here at 4PM. More info at Moby-Dick Marathon NYC, including the full crew.
More amazing details to come as they’re confirmed. We can tell you that there will be loads of amazing Littleneck clam chowder, some Out of Print Clothing swag, and reading copies from Penguin Classics, all our amazing sponsors; and a multimedia presentation of “Etymology” and “Extracts” at WORD on Friday to open the event.

housingworksbookstore:

Check out our kick-ass poster by Bianca Stone for next month’s Moby-Dick Marathon reading, which will find port at Housing Works on Saturday—including a performance of “Midnight, Forecastle” by Amy Virginia Buchanan’s (aka our cafe manager and storytime ukulele player) Pequod Players troupe—from 10AM to 3PM, and Sunday the event ends here at 4PM. More info at Moby-Dick Marathon NYC, including the full crew.

More amazing details to come as they’re confirmed. We can tell you that there will be loads of amazing Littleneck clam chowder, some Out of Print Clothing swag, and reading copies from Penguin Classics, all our amazing sponsors; and a multimedia presentation of “Etymology” and “Extracts” at WORD on Friday to open the event.

Click here to read 15 Books Banned For The Most Absurd Reasons Ever
“In 1985, challengers at Cunningham Elementary School in Beloit, Wisconsin, said that A Light in the Attic ‘encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.’”

Click here to read 15 Books Banned For The Most Absurd Reasons Ever

“In 1985, challengers at Cunningham Elementary School in Beloit, Wisconsin, said that A Light in the Attic ‘encourages children to break dishes so they won’t have to dry them.’”

Which Great Literary Work Explains Breaking Bad  Best?
"The scope of collateral damage in ‘Breaking Bad’ reaches ‘King Lear’ levels, but Walt goes out with too much power and ego intact for the show to register as properly Shakespearean."

Which Great Literary Work Explains Breaking Bad  Best?

"The scope of collateral damage in ‘Breaking Bad’ reaches ‘King Lear’ levels, but Walt goes out with too much power and ego intact for the show to register as properly Shakespearean."

Now small fowls flew, screaming over the yet yawning gulf; a sullen white surf beat against its steep sides; then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.

-Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, or, The Whale 


Friday Final LinesEvery Friday, we offer the closing lines of a Penguin Classic to finish up the workweek. Today, we celebrate the 162nd anniversary of the  British publication of Melville’s classic American—or rather, truly transnational—epic.

(via classicpenguin)