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Arlington VA Public Library is reading "Moby-Dick" this summer, and we're going to have a seriously good time while we do it.

Each week on the podcast, librarians Jennie, Megan, Pete and special guests will discuss the reading, drop pop culture references, and ask or answer questions that come up during the Sunday discussion.

Big Book Club's "What the Whale!" Arlington VA Public Library

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Arlington VA Public Library is reading "Moby-Dick" this summer, and we're going to have a seriously good time while we do it.

Each week on the podcast, librarians Jennie, Megan, Pete and special guests will discuss the reading, drop pop culture references, and ask or answer questions that come up during the Sunday discussion.

    What's next for the Big Book Club?

    What's next for the Big Book Club?

    A monthly podcast!

    • 2 min
    Interview with Richard King, author of "Ahab's Rolling Sea"

    Interview with Richard King, author of "Ahab's Rolling Sea"

    As a special post-Moby-Dick bonus, Jennie and Megan previewed the new book, "Ahab's Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick," and interviewed author Richard King by phone from his home in Mystic, Connecticut.

    • 28 min
    The End!

    The End!

    And so we come to the conclusion of our voyage... was the destination worth the ride? Opinions vary...

    • 34 min
    Ahab Turns Up the Insanity

    Ahab Turns Up the Insanity

    In this week's discussion of chapters 102-121, we contemplate biblical history and prophecy, and Megan solves the meaning of Moby-Dick once again.

    • 26 min
    Whale Bones Are Not Made of Ivory

    Whale Bones Are Not Made of Ivory

    This week, half of Arlington is on vacation, so Jennie and Pete set sail on their own. The two cover chapters 87-101, discussing the unpleasant topics (racism, whale slaughter) and the absurd (Stubb's nose, the ineptness of whale ship captains.) And with no co-hosts, there's no one to stop them from making references to The Simpsons but also no one to correct Pete when he calls whale bone "ivory" repeatedly. 

    • 25 min
    Stuck in the Doldrums with Melville

    Stuck in the Doldrums with Melville

    In chapters 71-86, no amount of action could keep us from feeling sedated by the seemingly endless chapters on phrenology... Although maybe all of Moby-Dick would improve if read like a jazz poem?

    • 29 min

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