There is Life Before Reading Moby-Dick, and There is Life After Reading Moby-Dick

Life is paradox.
-The Voice before the Void

There is Life Before Reading Moby-Dick, and There is Life After Reading Moby-Dick

Works mentioned:
Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis
Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
Education of a Wandering Man by Louis L’Amour
“The Fiddler” by Herman Melville
50 Great American Short Stories edited by Milton Crane
“I and My Chimney” by Herman Melville
Great Short Works of Herman Melville edited by Warner Berthoff
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
“Arma Virumque” by Ambrose Bierce
The Sermon on the Mount by Jesus
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare
The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
The Sea-Wolf by Jack London
The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot

Other authors mentioned:
Homer
Mark Twain
Robert Benchley
Patrick F. McManus
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Edgar Allan Poe
H.P. Lovecraft

2 thoughts on “There is Life Before Reading Moby-Dick, and There is Life After Reading Moby-Dick

  1. I’m enjoying your enthusiasm for Moby Dick today, and thought youmigh enjoy a lighthearted poem I wrote last year about another whale hunter, Arthur P. Dale…

    Arthur P. Dale was hunting for whale,
    out in the open sea.
    Said Arthur P. Dale as he looked o’er the rail,
    “Now where do you think they be?”
    Then up from the bottom, the jaws of one got him.
    No man was more flummoxed than he.
    And he woulda fought ‘em, yes he woulda taught ‘em
    a lesson or two… or three!

    But Arthur was bested, it was uncontested;
    Hors d’oeuvre a la abductee.
    And though he protested while being ingested,
    t’was nary a chance to flee.
    Now Arthur P. Dale is stuck in a whale,
    out in the open sea.
    Tonight he lay pale, somewhere near the tail,
    a victim of hyperbole.

    Randal L. Johnson
    2016

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