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A chapter by chapter breakdown of the greatest, weirdest American novel, "Moby-Dick: Or, the Whale." Theme song by Noam Hassenfeld.

Moby Dick Energy: A Moby Dick Podcast Talia Lavin

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A chapter by chapter breakdown of the greatest, weirdest American novel, "Moby-Dick: Or, the Whale." Theme song by Noam Hassenfeld.

    Chapter 34: "The Cabin-Table"

    Chapter 34: "The Cabin-Table"

    Talia talks to Kristian Fischer about a wonderful & strange chapter about dinner on the Pequod; the sailor's Kristian's dated; Jungian analysis of Moby-Dick; and the power of literature in times of social upheaval.Production by Ilana Weinstein....

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Chapter 32: "The Specksnyder"

    Chapter 32: "The Specksnyder"

    Talia talks to Isaac, an Australian rabbi who tweets under @crookedroads770, about a curious chapter that feature's a capsule theory of the corrupting nature of power. Is Melville an anarchist? Is Australia upside down? We explore these and other...

    • 59 min
    Chapter 32: "Cetology"

    Chapter 32: "Cetology"

    Talia talks to Lisa Munger, a marine biologist specializing in marine biological acoustics, about the legendary Chapter 32, "Cetology," featuring Ishmael's frankly bizarre, wonderful and inaccurate taxonomy of whales. We go into detail about whales from...

    • 52 min
    Chapters 29-31: "Enter Ahab, to him Stubb," "The Pipe," "Queen Mab"

    Chapters 29-31: "Enter Ahab, to him Stubb," "The Pipe," "Queen Mab"

    Talia talks with Manu Saadia, author of "Trekonomics," about 2020's protests, the rot at the heart of America, the moral core of the country being on the streets, racism from America to Paris, and the role of literature in times of revolution. We also...

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Chapter 28: "Ahab"

    Chapter 28: "Ahab"

    WE FINALLY MEET CAPTAIN AHAB. Talia's guest is Mary Davenport, a seminary student at Yale Divinity School, and we talk about the Biblical burdens of kingship, Ahab's livid birthmark, Mary's brother who sails on antique tall-ships, AND MORE!

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Chapters 26 & 27: "Knights and Squires"

    Chapters 26 & 27: "Knights and Squires"

    In Moby Dick Energy's longest--and most leftist--episode to date, Talia talks with the writer and teacher Nandini Balial about the crew of the Pequod. We meet Starbuck, Stubb, Flask, Tashtego, and Daggoo; discuss the inalienable dignity of man;...

    • 1 hr 18 min

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Weird and fantastic!

Loved the first episode. I haven’t read MD and I’m really looking forward to deep diving into it with Talia Lavin, one of my funny-smart-lady Twitter crushes 😁. Chatty, interesting, full of fascinating writerly asides and insights. Definitely working for me in this first taste.

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