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Moby Dick and Breastfeeding

Moby Dick, that magnum opus of American literature, famously contains no women. (They are in the background but not part of the action). But...

Archival Crying

In 1860, Herman Melville, 40 and with all of his published novels behind him, took a trip to San Francisco.  A lifetime before a...

A Blankness Full of Meaning

During the boring, sleepless hours of a tenacious insomnia that miraculously disappeared upon my defending my dissertation, I used to entertain myself by wondering...

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...