The New Bedford Whaling Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon is an annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece. The multi-day program of entertaining activities and events is presented every January. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Monday, February 24, 2014

For the dorm room wall...

...a poster of the text of the first 26 chapters of Moby-Dick, artfully spaced to form a thematic silhouette. (The website lets you zoom in for close inspection.)

They also offer a poster of the first eight chapters of Ulysses.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Charles W. Morgan coming to New Bedford!

The schedule is public — The restored Charles W. Morgan ("the last wooden whaleship in the world") will sail into New Bedford this June, and stay for the 4th of July and the New Bedford Folk Festival.

That's June 28 through July 6. Save the dates.

Road Trip: Frederick Douglass Read-A-Thon

Just back from the 14th Annual Frederick Douglass Read-A-Thon—a public through-reading of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, sponsored by the New Bedford Historical Society.

This year, the reading moved to the First Unitarian Church, on Eighth Street in New Bedford. This is a beautiful church, built in 1838. We were told that Frederick Douglass' first paying job in New Bedford was at this very church, shoveling coal for the minister's wife!

The sanctuary could have seated three or four times the number of folks who showed up. Where was everyone? This would be a great afternoon with your middle-school or high-school kids; and if you've never read this historic memoir, all the more reason to come next year. You won't regret it.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Frederick Douglass reading Sunday!

The 14th Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-Thon returns to New Bedford this Sunday (Feb. 9, 2014).

This is a great event—moving and inspirational, with a real "community" feel. See previous posts to get the jist of it.

Keep a weather eye on the Historical Society website in case the forecast snows force a postponement.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Jimmy's 132nd

...with it, an abode of bliss.
They halted, looking towards the blunt cape of Bray Head that lay on the water like the snout of a sleeping whale.       - Chapter 1
We can't let this day pass without noting that it's the 132nd birthday of the author of another of those "big, important books," James Joyce.

If you haven't had the pleasure of reading Ulysses, give it a go. This weekly podcast will help you on.