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After rereading my last post, I realized that my argument about Ishmael screwing up his timeline is…pretty screwed up. So here it is again, with helpful images. The core of the argument is this: because Ishmael demonstrates a knowledge of … Continue reading
Moby-Dick starts with the line “Call me Ishmael,” which most Americans immediately recognize even if they know almost nothing else about the book (“it’s about a whale!”). In saying “Call me Ishmael,” the narrator implies that “Ishmael” isn’t his real … Continue reading
I first read Moby-Dick in tenth grade, when I was fifteen. We were given a list of “classic novels” and told to choose one from the list for each semester (two if the page count for one of them added up … Continue reading
“‘Yes, I know.’ Mr. Fairhead sighed. ‘It’s the one thing they’ve got to feel important about – that they’re white. It’s pitiful.’” -Willa Cather, Sapphira and the Slave Girl My first edition of Willa Cather’s Sapphira and the Slave Girl … Continue reading