I decide to spend Dewey's 24-Hour Reverse Readathon reading Moby Dick and Moby Dick-related books. The Reverse Readathon starts Friday, August 2nd at 8 pm EST and runs through August 3rd at 8 pm EST.
In case you missed it, Brona's Books is holding a Moby Dick Readalong, beginning this month. Here are some useful resources she oh-so-kindly bookmarks for us:
Moby Dick Podcast
Moby Dick Big Read
Moby Dick Big Read
I find summaries of each chapter:
I check out books from my public library that I also plan to read. I find a children's version of Moby Dick, a comic book of Moby Dick, and a graphic novel of Moby Dick. In addition, I have the true story of Moby Dick, Moby-Dick in Pictures (with a drawing for every page), and Nathaniel Philbrick's Why Read Moby-Dick?
I find Abbott and Costello's Moby Dick (which really doesn't have much to do with Moby Dick at all) from February 13, 1947. Of course I had to start with Abbott and Costello:
"Now Moby Dick was swimming along and one day he saw a swordfish fighting with a mackerel. The swordfish stabbed the mackerel. Then he stabbed him again. And he stabbed him again. And again."
"Poor little mackerel."
"Then he stabbed him again."
"That poor little mackerel must have been full of holes."
"Yep. He was a holy mackerel."
"Now Moby Dick didn't feel so good so he went to see the doctor fish."
"Yeah, he was a famous sturgeon."
"He was, too. He was a great fish-sician."
I find three movie versions of Moby Dick on Amazon Prime. I wonder which one is the best.
I make a music playlist on Amazon Prime: Moby Dick Music.
And you just can't have any sort of a readathon without snacks, right?
I think I'm set. Do you have any other resources for me? Ideas? Suggestions?
THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
I am simultaneously listening to the podcasts and reading along in Power Moby Dick for Chapters 1-10. The readathon hasn't even started and I'm already 14% through the book.
Here's a lovely poem to kick off our Moby Dick: Things to Do in the Belly of a Whale by Dan Albergotti, read aloud starting at 2:50 by Garrison Keillor.
This morning I learn that Herman Melville apparently wrote all of Moby Dick before meeting Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was Hawthorne who encouraged Melville to read broadly, and Melville did. The result of that wide reading was a complete revision of Moby Dick. Fascinating. Writer Austin Kleon concludes, "I believe that ."
I read along in Power Moby Dick while listening to the podcasts for Chapters 11-16.