Moby Dick

so does the name “Moby Dick” conjure up thoughts of a sailor’s life on an 1800’s whaling ship, sailing with Captain Ahab, on his quest for the giant white sperm whale in Herman Melville’s classic text by that name?


or do you instead think of the amazing drum solo by the late John Henry Bonham, drummer extraordinaire for the band Led Zeppelin?

thoughts?  does it have to be either/or?

what if we combine the two – and rock out with some Led Zeppelin, WHILE sailing on your boat, preferably without a crazy white whale nearby to capsize you.


7 Responses to “Moby Dick”

  1. 1 Pierre Glendinning February 20, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    The most profound work of literature America has produced.

    Of course an Englishman has been the most insightful: D. H. Lawrence wrote the best essay on Melville’s White Whale.

    Here’s a link to an audio recording of the Lawrence essay and a brief piece of my own about the novel’s impact.

  2. 5 Baydog February 20, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    A whale of a drum solo. I’d recommend listening to the soundtrack of the song remains the same.

    Starbuck: “To be enraged with a dumb brute that
    acted out of blind instinct is blasphemous.”
    Ahab: “Speak not to me of blasphemy, man;
    I’d strike the sun if it insulted me. Look ye, Starbuck,
    all visible objects are but as pasteboard masks.
    Some inscrutable yet reasonable thing puts forth
    the molding of their features. The white whale
    tasks me; he heaps me. Yet he is but a mask.
    ‘Tis the thing behind the mask I chiefly hate;
    the malignant thing that has plagued mankind
    since time began; the thing that maws and
    mutilates our race, not killing us outright but
    letting us live on, with half a heart and half a lung.”

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