Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Moby Dick Art

It's ridiculous, I know, but suddenly everything reminds me of Moby Dick. A storm blew in the other night, and the sky was huge and black and ominous, and I told my husband that it looked like Moby Dick was outside. He looked back at me (probably the way you are looking at me now) and said, "I think you've had a bit too much of that whale."

He's right. And you are probably thinking the same thing.

One of the things I loved about reading Moby Dick (and I admit it: I loved reading Moby Dick) was following along in the book while I listened to various readers take on chapters at Moby Dick Big Read. Each chapter was accompanied by a photo or a video of something that nominally represented the chapter. The art added much to the story. I thought I'd share a few with you.

Chapter 5 Breakfast
Nourish. Boyd Webb, 1984

Chapter 6 The Street
Queequeg, 45 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 5 in. , oil paint on aluminum, 2010

Chapter 13 Wheelbarrow
Proposal for Memorial, 2011

Chapter 33 The Specksynder
DRAWING RESTRAINT 9, 2005, Production Still

Chapter 53 The Gam
Whale Stamps 2012

Chapter 108 Ahab and the Carpenter
Art for Omnivore, 8.5″ x 11″ Digital photograph February 1, 2012

Chapter 113 The Forge
The bond in between the things

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  1. The art work on the podcast web page was stunning wasn’t it? I’d be hard picked to list my favourites cause I would probably include all 136!

  2. You made me smile this morning. What a great way to start the day - and now I'm looking for whales!

  3. I think I read it looooong time ago and I guess there even was a movie in my childhood. I still know the name but have forgotten the story, time to dig it out !

  4. I love your newfound passion for this book!

  5. It's been a long time since i read it, those photos chosen to illustrate look like they fit from what i remember.

  6. When I was in college, it seemed that most of the English 1A classes were reading Moby Dick, but not the one I was in. Most of my friends seem to have had it as part of their curriculum either in high school or college. More than anything I've ever heard before, you are making me want to read it.

    And those Big Read helps are great, aren't they? I hadn't seen these art connections, but I have listened to many short audio introductions to books that they produced, and they are a book-lover's joy.

    1. I certainly think everyone should give it a try. There is so much in this story.


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