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The Wake Up CallThe Wake Up Call –
14 November 2012

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The Urgent Need for Slow Politics ERB editor Chris Smith looks back on the election in a new article for RELEVANT magazine.


Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was first published on this date in 1851.


The painter being concerned only with conveying his impression, simply seeks to be himself and no one else.” – Claude Monet, born on this day in 1840.


“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boy.” Humorist and author, P. J. O’Rourke, born on this day 1947.


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“An American Mythology

A Review of
Why Read Moby Dick?

by Nathaniel Philbrick.

Reviewed by Chelsea Andres.

why read moby dick - PhilbrickWhy Read Moby Dick?
by Nathaniel Philbrick.
Hardback: Viking Books, 2011.
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I must confess: I am prone to the spell of literaryspeak. This language is always a mixture of poetry, history, and philosophy. But inevitably, this lettered language revels in the magic of fiction made real. In Why Read Moby-Dick, Nathaniel Philbrick is fluent.

In this small treatise, Philbrick broadly claims Moby-Dick to be “the greatest American novel ever written” (2). Another confession: even with a Literature degree from an urban university, I have never read Moby-Dick. So, while waiting for Philbrick’s book in the mail, I began the hefty novel. I was soon bound by its spell. Philbrick had already accomplished his goal, which is to have more people read his favorite classic. And now, after savoring his argument and his book, do I want to finish Moby-Dick?

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