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The Whale Is Still a Lie: Now With Timeline

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

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The Whale is a Lie

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

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BRB, Questioning Every Assumption I Ever Made About Moby-Dick

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

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‘Sapphira and the Slave Girl’: It’s Not Really About the Latter

“‘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

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