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A Visit to New Bedford

A Visit to New Bedford

I must have been growing “hazy about the eyes” this winter because I took a detour from my dissertation writing to visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum for their Moby-Dick Marathon. The marathon began on Saturday morning, but we took our time driving the 300 or so miles North, stopping at the PEZ museum along … Continue reading

Plagiarism as Cannibalism

Charles Olson’s Call Me Ishmael perplexed me all morning until now—and I got it like a lightbulb.  The critical book/essay written in a very non-traditional prose-poem style, but that isn’t what threw me off; it was the beginning story, which he calls the “First Fact” about a ship sunk by a collision with a whale … Continue reading