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Cultural Fallout: Jul 7 – Dec 14, 2008

<<   Captain Picard = Captain Ahab and The Borg = The Whale in this clip from Star Trek: First Contact

Pop Ten blogger Victor Pineiro hears echoes of Ahab in Dr. Dre lyrics.

Ed Page's McSweeney's list of deceptively suggestive chapter titles

Blogger Cosmic Citizen contemplates Ahab, Nemo, and the psychology of the siege in Mumbai

<<   Through the Eyes of Ahab, a concept album by the Georgia screamo band A Girl A Gun A Ghost (Via Samurai Panda Poetry)

<<   A Moby Dick made of willow branches at the Reiman Gardens of Iowa State University

<<   Musician and blogger Joseph Drew on Captain Ahab as Michael Jackson circa 1992

<<   Download "the world's longest Mad Lib," made from chapters 1-4 of Moby-Dick.

Moby Dick on postage stamps (Link contains major spoilers.)

"Reading Moby-Dick at 30,000 Feet," a poem by Tony Hoagland, from his book Donkey Gospel: Poems (Graywolf Press, 1998)

A poem by U.S. astronaut Al Worden,
written upon returning from a moon mission:

A spacewalk
Is like
Being let out
At night
For a swim
By Moby Dick.

(From A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin (Penguin, 1988).)

<<   A Whaler's Dictionary, poet Dan Beachy-Quick's alphabetical musings on Moby-Dick, new from Milkweed Press.

Captain Ahab hogs the console in Lio, a comic strip by Mark Tatulli.

Dystel & Goderich literary agents: "Why we rejected Moby-Dick"

A magical child reads Moby-Dick in the 1996 film Matilda. (Link makes noise.)

<<   Israeli-born New York artist Guy Ben-Ner's 12-minute silent home-movie version of Moby-Dick. Cool sharks. (Does not contain as many spoilers as you might think.)

"Moby-Dick: A Modern Tragedy," an essay by A.N. Wilson. (Link contains major spoilers.)

<<   Moby Dick: Then and Now, a play that intertwines the Pequod's story with that of an inner-city youth gang. (Graphic via projo.com.)

National Post: "Is Mad Men the Moby-Dick of our time?"

A Golden Retriever dressed as Moby Dick at the 2008 Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in Manhattan. More cuteness here.

<<   Brooklyn musician Patrick Shea is writing a song about each chapter of Moby-Dick. Read about the tunes and hear them on his blog.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune staff decides who would win a "horror smackdown" between Moby Dick and Jaws. (Link contains major spoilers.)

<<   The writing of Moby-Dick is one of the "Notable Moments in Pro- and Anti-American History" in this satirical piece by Will Heinrich. The piece tweaks Sarah Palin's "pro-America" remarks of 17 Oct 08.

The Pebble Culture blog quotes a Philip Roth novel on seeing New Yorkers as Ahab's crew.

Restraining-order humor from The Argyle Sweater comic strip.

<<   Moby Clique, a teen novel by Cara Lockwood set at a spooky boarding school visited by fictional characters come to life, including Captain Ahab.

Flash-fiction writer Bruce Holland Rogers is writing a novel about steam locomotives and bipolar illness that is modeled on Moby-Dick. Email him to subscribe to installments.

"Song for the Whale," a Nina Vyedin poem inspired by music theory and Moby-Dick.

Ray Bradbury's screenplay for the 1956 John Huston film has finally been published.

Blogger Matthew Wasteland on video games as art and the problem with creating Moby Dick: The Video Game. (Link contains major spoilers.)

<<   An embroidered pillow depicting Moby Dick as the Hindenburg by artist B. Zedan. It has Queequeg on the back.

Review of "Moby Digital," a short story in the 12/08 Analog magazine in which a class gets stuck in a virtual reality Pequod. (Story link contains major spoilers—of Moby-Dick, not the story.)

Moby-Dick sparked a legislative battle in Massachusetts in early October. After a tussle, the state House of Representatives voted to name the book the state's official "epic novel." The bill now goes to the state Senate.

<<   Performance artist Terence Koh's recent Moby-Dick-inspired installation, Captain Buddha. Here is video of him preparing for the opening. Don't ask, we don't know.

In Cologne, right-wing Germans chased by demonstrators took refuge on a tour boat called the Moby Dick.

Jossip: "[Hockey Star] Sean Avery Interned at Vogue Because He Went Without Moby-Dick as a Child"

<<   Huckleberry Dick, a classic-comics mashup by Ricardo Bloch. (Via Storefront Windows.)

Universal Pictures plans to remake Moby-Dick with "a graphic novel sensibility."

Moby-Dick is a top download for reading on iPhone.

A drag production of Moby Dick! The Musical.

In Search of Moby Dick BBC TV show. (Link contains major spoilers.)

<<   "Ahab" nerdcore hip-hop video by MC Lars. (Link contains major spoilers, but may be worth it.) (Via Aca-Fan.)

Moby-Dick name-checked on Mad Men.

"Mediating the Classics" Non Sequitur comic by Wiley Miller.

A haiku by blogger Brose. (Link contains major spoilers.)

<<   Studio 360's American Icons show, featuring Stanley Crouch, Laurie Anderson, and the two-minute plot synopsis Moby Dude by David Ives.

"How to Analyze Classic Literature," a comic strip by Scott Meyer. (Link contains major spoilers.)

A new dance version of Moby-Dick by Morris Panych. (Link contains minor spoilers.)

Melanie Hulse's fine-art textile panels based on passages from Moby-Dick

Dan Coulter is tweeting Moby-Dick in its entirety. (Via Hobotopia.)

<<   Trailer from the 1956 film starring Gregory Peck. Or watch the whole film on Hulu.com for free.

"Moby Dick" by Led Zeppelin, drum solo by John Bonham

Moby Dick camper made from a car

Intro to the 1967-69 Hanna-Barbera cartoon Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor

Action figure of Bone comics character Phoney Bone as Captain Ahab

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