David Dowling, University of Iowa lecturer, on his new book Chasing the White Whale: The Moby-Dick Marathon; or, What Melville Means Today. In 2009 Dowling joined the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 25-hour nonstop reading of Melville’s epic, inspiring this fresh look at Moby-Dick. Dowling discusses the marathon as a measure of Melville’s influence today on his most enthusiastic disciples, and illumines the novel’s ardent following and ubiquitous presence in popular culture within our quick-fix contemporary world. Free and open to the public! (atbradley)
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