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Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Nov 04, 2011 09:28AM

54797 Charles wrote: "I got high marks for the paper, but the need for such a paper suggested that my aspirations to teach school were misplaced."

Ha!

Well, if 13-year-olds are good at one thing*, it's taking themselves extremely seriously.

* which they are not
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Nov 03, 2011 08:04PM

54797 I've been wondering whether my abject failure to love Moby-Dick in eighth grade can be blamed on my teacher. She was a very smart woman, but she certainly failed to point out any fart jokes.

But in a way it feels cheap to try to slip Moby-Dick by kids by way of farts and sperm. It is, after all, a tremendously powerful, deep, profound novel. The fact that Melville can't stop making dick jokes isn't the main point.

Charles, either you weren't damaged by a humorless teacher or you were less of an idiot than I was in eighth grade. Or likely both. Either way, thumbs up.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Nov 03, 2011 07:40AM

54797 That is pretty awesome.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Nov 02, 2011 07:20AM

54797 Shoot, I didn't know half the words in it.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Nov 01, 2011 07:00AM

54797 I thought we'd discussed reading introductions first, Amanda. SHAME.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 31, 2011 03:19PM

54797 I would, but every time I mention that I just finished liking Moby-Dick she threatens to write me out of her will.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 31, 2011 01:31PM

54797 My mom is like you, Bill. Sometimes she reads the ending just so she can slow down and enjoy the book. You people are nuts.

I'm with Stephanie: I don't even read the back cover if I can help it. I love knowing nothing about a book. Karamazov is a great example: I have no idea what this thing is about. (Actually, I'm on page 120 or so and I still don't. I guess there are some brothers or something?) Fun!
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 31, 2011 06:53AM

54797 Chinook, Frankenstein takes like half an hour to read. Get on the horse, young lady.

Very excited that so many people don't know the ending. There goes my theory! And now you'll all get to experience the sense of love and peace you get as you watch Ahab ride off into the sunset on the whale, rubbing its white hide and murmuring, "We'll never be apart again."

NE, I may need to read that book.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 30, 2011 08:26PM

54797 I was wondering about that a while ago: is Moby-Dick the most-spoiled ending of all time?

I will say that although I knew some of it, I wasn't sure whether any our characters would still be standing at the end.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 30, 2011 06:12PM

54797 Nice, Sue!

Interesting range of perspectives on Karamazov. All I know is that I can't take three months to finish a book. I either read it steadily and finish in a few weeks, or I fail. Not saying that's good or bad, it's just how I work.

And I didn't know that about the firing squad! Holy crap.

Loved Les Mis!

I really couldn't get a mental image of Queequeg's tattoos. When I've seen them illustrated, they've looked sortof Maorish. Has anyone seen a better depiction?
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 30, 2011 09:37AM

54797 Meanwhile, last night my eyes were glazing over while I muddled through an extended debate on...some sort of religious thing or other, early on in Brothers Karamazov.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 29, 2011 10:21AM

54797 And NE, out in the Amherst area we have the Dickinson house and Edith Wharton's estate, which is pretty rad.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 29, 2011 10:20AM

54797 Yeah, Pittsfield is totally the real one. I should have remembered that.

Agreed, good point. I'd forgotten that sermon. It's pretty badass.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 29, 2011 07:57AM

54797 Okay, I see your point, Bill - particularly because the first few pages are so stunning. For me - well, we'll talk about this more when we get there, but I was under the impression that it was about Ishmael and Queequeg, and then Ahab shows up and it's about him and the Whale from there on.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 29, 2011 07:55AM

54797 I guess it's here? I've never even heard of Lansingburgh. I suspect it to be one of those towns Massachusetts people sometimes make up.

NE, I've always wanted to put together a really cool literary tour of Ma, if not all of NE. (Wait, did that sound gay?) We should totally collaborate on that.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 29, 2011 07:43AM

54797 Yeah, Melville gave Hawthorne credit for changing Moby-Dick from a buddy adventure story into whatever it is. I like to think you can actually see that happening. Right now, y'all are reading the light adventure story; it's pretty fun.

Just for kicks, here's a strenuous argument that Melville and Hawthorne had a love affair. Seriously, it's not the worst argument I've ever read.

(I do think that in the end this is one of those things we can't possibly answer, so why bother politicizing it? If Hawthorne and Melville were bonking, that's their business.)
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 28, 2011 09:51PM

54797 Man, that's a cool quote.

Did not, I have to say, love the poem.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 27, 2011 07:27PM

54797 Kitty, I went out and bought a physical version halfway through. I applaud your decision.

You are a regal MF, NE.
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 27, 2011 09:42AM

54797 Max, or anyone else, did you watch those? Are they enlightening?
Lee Side Chatter (598 new)
Oct 25, 2011 05:15PM

54797 Did I know that your husband dives, Jennifer? That's awesome.
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