Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience: Trying Out Moby Dick with Seth Landman

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Time, Strength, Cash, and Patience: Trying Out Moby Dick with Seth Landman

40.00

Tuesdays 6-7:30pm.
January 5th for 12 weeks
Price includes a copy of Moby Dick

In chapter 79 of Melville’s masterpiece, Moby Dick, Ishmael tells us, “I try all things; I achieve what I can.” In this reading group we are going to try reading Moby Dick. Language leaves trails we can follow if we are up to it. Trying out refers to the process by which oil is rendered from fat by heat, an inextricable part of life on a whaleship. 

Moby Dick is expansive; it is many different kinds of books, and it goes all over the world. Somewhere in it, if we try, we might find ourselves. In this group, we will read Moby Dick together for the first time (even if you have read it before, every reading is a first reading). We will see what happens. 

Seth Landman is a poet and lifelong student and scholar of Herman Melville. He volunteers as a tour guide at Arrowhead, the historic house where Melville lived in Pittsfield, MA from 1850-1863. He received an MFA in creative writing at UMass Amherst, and a PhD in creative writing and literature from the University of Denver. He is the author of Sign You Were Mistaken (Factory Hollow, 2013) and Confidence (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2015).

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