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A Smart Dude Reads Moby-Dick, Episode 5: Chapterology, Cont’d.

In my last installment, I nominated three actors as avatars for chapters I had read to date, but noted that I did not expect...

Smart Dude Reads Moby-Dick, Episode 4: Chapterology

“Nobody can be more clownish, more clumsy and sententiously in bad taste, than Herman Melville, even in a great book like Moby-Dick. He preaches...

A Smart Dude Reads Moby-Dick: Episode 3. ENTER CYBORG WE MEAN AHAB

On (almost) the occasion of the Big M-D's birthday, we're pleased to bring you our third installment of a Smart Dude.  (Click for episodes...

A Smart Dude Reads Moby-Dick: Episode 2

Editor's note: as promised, Smart Dude Jake Bartolone returns with an update on his Moby-Dickery.  Check out the first installment here, and  comment away...

A Smart Dude Reads Moby-Dick: Episode 1

Editor's note: When Avidly learned that smart dude (and Avidly contributor) Jake Bartolone was reading Moby-Dick for the first time, we jumped at the...

To T.P. Roche: Or, To the Lighthouse

This is a story I haven’t told before, but my reasons for not telling have changed a few times over the years. At first,...

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