It's Whalers, not Whalies

Several months ago, I stunned the world with the late-breaking news that Moby Dick is awesome, but I don’t think I conveyed how completely Melville had harpooned my imagination. Now Henry Jenkins, who I’m going to see this week, asks: “Was Herman Melville a Proto-Fan?”


  1. Um…hrm…on the one hand Melville as Whaling fanboy makes the entire book a lot more understandable. On the other hand, most fan fiction is complete and utter drek.

    Now that I think about it, I bet Moby Dick would be super-cool awesome if it were wikified. You could just read the story and peel off along the links to the side digressions and alternate takes. Better yet, you could totally rewrite that bogus, shaggy-dog ending.


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