‘The Lighthouse,’ with Robert Pattinson, illuminates Cannes
CANNES, France (AP) — Robert Eggers' "The Lighthouse," starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe as turn-of-the-century lighthouse keepers, kicked up a storm Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival...
New England whaling museum hosts ‘Moby-Dick’ read-a-thon
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts whaling museum is hosting its 23rd annual read-a-thon of one of America's most celebrated novels — "Moby-Dick."
The reading will begin at noon Saturday and continue around the clock until 1 p.m. Sunday. More than 200 readers will participate in the event at the New Bedford Whaling Museum.
Today in History for August 1st
BOSTON (AP) — Done Boston's Freedom Trail? Now you can tackle a new adventure: the Massachusetts Whale Trail.
The state Office of Travel and Tourism says a map debuting Monday will include locations along the coastline and inland with noteworthy connections to the majestic marine mammals.
Winds of worry: US fishermen fear forests of power turbines
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — East Coast fishermen are turning a wary eye toward an emerging upstart: the offshore wind industry.
In New Bedford, Massachusetts, the onetime whaling capital made famous in Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick," fishermen dread the possibility of navigating a forest of turbines as they make their way to the fishing grounds that have made it the nation's most lucrative fishing port for 17 years running.
Someday he’ll join them: Poets Society head gets tombstone
FREEPORT, Maine (AP) — The founder of the Dead Poets Society of America is preparing for the day he'll become a dead poet himself — by getting a tombstone.
Walter Skold is drawing inspiration from his visits to the graves of more than 600 bards for his own tombstone to be carved by the son of novelist John Updike.
“Call me Ishmael” from Moby-Dick gets all the attention as one of the most memorable opening lines in literature, but just a few lines later Herman Melville gives us an unbearably powerful image: “a damp, drizzly November in my soul.” It seems strangely appropriate that Ishmael singles out November. December would, in some ways, make more sense — it would add to the consonance of damp and drizzly, and, later, we learn that it is, in fact, December when the novel opens.
ESTHER CEPEDA: Here’s why you should read Melville’s classic ‘Moby-Dick’
CHICAGO -- There are few things in life that inspire more joy than being exposed to the enthusiasm of someone who is deeply in love.
Such it is with "Why Read Moby-Dick," a slim, 2011 volume by Nathaniel Philbrick that not only convinces you that the classic whale tale is worth the read, but romances you into taking it on.
Small Twin Cities theater tackles great white whale in ‘Moby Dick’
You dont stage Titanic without an ocean liner or King Kong without a great ape. So anybodys first question about a theatrical version of Moby Dick is bound to be: How the heck will they do the whales?
Today in History for August 1st
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Herman Melville's birthday is being celebrated in the Massachusetts city where he wrote "Moby-Dick."
The festivities start Tuesday when visitors to Arrowhead, Melville's Pittsfield home, will get birthday cake. Anyone who can prove they were a professional sailor — in the Navy, Coast Guard, Marines - or were a fisherman or pirate will be admitted free.
2 top executives retiring from Library of America
NEW YORK (AP) — At age 35, the Library of America is in transition.
Longtime president Cheryl Hurley and longtime editor-in-chief Geoffrey O'Brien are retiring at the end of the year, the publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday. Hurley will be succeeded by Library of America publisher Max Rudin. A replacement is being sought for O'Brien.
GUEST COLUMN: African-American women have a message for DNC: Remember us?
We crave the hard-to-get while ignoring the one who has stuck with us through thick and thin. In a letter to the DNC chair, a group of black women — activists, community leaders and elected officials — has accused the Democratic Party of falling into that too-often-true cliche. Who can blame them?
America is dead. Long live the United States.
On April 6, America’s celebrated civic culture turned inward and ate itself alive, What died was not the United States, but its spirit — that “city upon a hill,” as John Winthrop declared back in Colonial times, and “the best hope for the world,” as Thomas Jefferson proudly affirmed about the new country.
Today is Monday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2016. There are 47 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History
On Nov. 14, 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale" was published in the United States, almost a month after being released in Britain.
Dispute over author-illustrator Maurice Sendak’s estate nears resolution
A long-running dispute over part of Maurice Sendak’s estate appears resolved after a judge split the late author’s rare book collection between a Philadelphia museum and his Ridgefield-based foundation.
RIDGEFIELD — A long-running dispute over part of Maurice Sendak’s estate appears resolved after a judge split the late author’s rare book collection between a Philadelphia museum and his Ridgefield-based foundation.
Natural Bridge becomes Virginia’s 37th state park
ROCKBRIDGE, Va. (AP) — Rockbridge County's iconic Natural Bridge is Virginia's 37th state park.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated the official opening of the Natural Bridge State Park on Saturday.
Natural Bridge supports Lee Highway along U.S. Route 11. The arch was once purchased by Thomas Jefferson and mentioned in Herman Melville's "Moby Dick." It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1998.
Retired professor’s gift will establish professorship at KU
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — One of the world's foremost scholars on "Moby Dick" author Herman Melville is committing $1.5 million to the University of Kansas.
The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/2caDYXX ) reports that the gift from retired English professor Elizabeth Schultz will be used to establish a permanent professorship named after the literary giant.
Today in History for August 1st
‘Heritage Ride’ Cyclists Take in Berkshires’ Beauty, Culture, History
PITTSFIELD >> Sixteen cyclists — including two from Down Under — are experiencing the beauty, culture and history of the Berkshires this week.
Part of "Heritage Ride 2016," the two-wheeled travelers stopped at Arrowhead on Monday morning for bagels and a chat with members of the Berkshire Historical Society. The nonprofit is the caretaker of the historic home where 19th-century American author Herman Melville penned "Moby-Dick."