...whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul...then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I
can.--Chapter I, Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Ahoy Mates! We're happy to announce that 2002 is Moby Dick
Year. Join us before the mast as we take to the sea on this
fantastic voyage! We'll be posting a reading schedule soon, and if you have any ideas or questions, send them to
Brian or Drake.
If ye would like to host a local event or a reading, please post the information at
Moby Dick. If ye'd like to discuss the novel, please post at Moby Dick Campfire Forum. And in both forums, we encourage ye
to find reading partners and kindred spirirts.
We're planning a couple local events, so check back here often. Drake is still working on his Moby Dick Film, and if you know anyone who might like to be in it, send him an
We would like to unite the world in reading what is perhaps the greatest work of fiction ever penned on the
American shores. Written in the rich context of Shakespeare and the Bible, Moby Dick was Herman Melville's
definitive masterpiece. If you've already read Moby Dick, we invite you to read it
again. And be sure to pick up Hamlet and the Bible throughout November, as the novel shall only be enhanced by the
The White Whale, symbolic of the truth and freedom which the greatest spirits in Western
Civilization have ever pursued, yet swims free.
Concerning Moby Dick, Melville wrote, "It ...
is of the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships' cables and hausers. A Polar wind blows through
it, & birds of prey hover over it. Warn all gentle fastidious people from so much as peeping into the book -- on risk
of a lumbago & sciatics."