12. Moby-Dick.

But I now leave my cetological System standing thus unfinished, even as the great Cathedral of Cologne was left, with the crane still standing upon the top of the uncompleted tower. For small erections may be finished by their first architects; grand ones, true ones, ever leave the copestone to posterity. God keep me from ever completing anything. This whole book is but a draught—nay, but the draught of a draught. Oh Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience! (ch. 32, “Cetology”.)

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a massive book. It’s a story about obsession, an encyclopedia of whale facts, and an unexpected love story. It’s also the source of the name of our podcast! Chris and Suzanne could talk about Herman Melville’s magnum opus for hours (and indeed, those who support the show on Patreon will get to hear some parts of their discussion that didn’t make the final edit).

Show Notes.

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. Also available free on Gutenberg. An annotated version.

Audiobooks of Moby-Dick: Librivox. The Anthony Heald reading. The, uh, Burt Reynolds version.

The audiobook for The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Whale Whale Whale, a Moby-Dick podcast.

Moby-Dick Big Read.

Moby-Dick marathon reading.

Herman Melville Was Also a Failed Poet.

Paul Gilroy: Refusing race and salvaging the human.

How Toni Morrison Hunts the White Whale.

Next time: Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse. [Public domain in some countries, where the text and an audiobook are available.]

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