In This audio chapter from the “Moby DickÂ Big Read,”Â John Waters reads the shortest chapter of “Moby Dick,” Chapter 95, “The Cassock,” which is about how the whaling crew cuts off and skins a whale's giant jet-black penis and turns it into a sleeveless robe for the “mincer” to wear while he slices blubber for the pots.
“Not the wondrous cistern in the whale's huge head; not the prodigy of his unhinged lower jaw; not the miracle of his symmetrical tail; none of these would so surprise you, as half a glimpse of that unaccountable cone, — longer than a Kentuckian is tall …”
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Writer Philip Hoare talks about his new project, the “Moby DickÂ Big Read.” From now until late January, a chapter of Herman Melville's classic whale-hunting epic will be available for download each day. Each is read by the likes of Tilda Swinton, John Waters and Stephen Fry.
New Audio Project Offers Four Months of âMoby-Dickâ
Â By John Williams (The New York Times,Â 9/18/2012)
The chapters will be available as free downloads, a new one appearing on the Web site each day until mid-January alongside a related image by a contemporary artist.
The author Philip Hoare and the artistÂ Angela CockayneÂ came up with the idea, having previously teamed up in 2011 to present a whale symposium and exhibition at Peninsula Arts, a public arts program at Britainâs Plymouth University. Mr. Hoareâs bookÂ âThe Whale,âÂ a wide-ranging cultural and natural history of the animal, won the BBCâs Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in 2009.
âThe digressive nature of âMoby-Dickâ really suits the medium of going online,â Mr. Hoare said. âThe book was never edited. Itâs quite analogous to a kind of blog, really.â
The democratic list of readers includes celebrities like Ms. Swinton, John Waters and Stephen Fry as well as fishermen, schoolchildren and a vicar. The youngest is Cyrus Larcombe-Moore, a 12-year-old who contributes a few lines of dialogue to a chapter read by his teacher, Tom Thoroughgood.
Continue reading “New Audio Project Offers Four Months of âMoby-Dickâ”Â at The New York Times.
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