Moby Dot Part 1

June 20th, 2014, 4:50 am

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Reply Juan (Guest), June 20th, 2014, 7:37 am

When I was an undergrad, reading some other Melville short story ("Billy Budd" probably), a professor asked if I'd read "Moby Dick," and he said "don't bother reading it until you're at least 30. It will make _no_ sense to you before then."
And he was probably right.

Reply TheCatMolloy, June 20th, 2014, 8:32 am

I've never been able to get into the flow of Melville's prose. I'm 32 now and have been through some shit, so I might give it another go next time I run out of book to read.

I just know Moby Dick is a classic because I know all about it without ever having read it or done any specific study on it. That's how you can tell.

I used to have a friend who took particular delight in his extensive knowledge of Star Wars quotes and trivia, despite never having watched any of the films. He actually insists on never watching because he believes he's already absorbed everything about them through cultural osmosis.

Reply Dave Van Domelen (Guest), June 20th, 2014, 8:45 am

Ugh, Billy Budd Couldn't stand that when I had to read it in high school. Especially when it was pointed out that it took an entire page to elliptically imply that Claggett was into young boys and had been rebuffed by Billy. Aggressively burying the lead in a catbox, that.

Reply Licourtrix, June 20th, 2014, 12:47 pm

Funnily enough I haven't read it yet either, though I know enough of the story to make references.

I try to wait and read the classics of literature whilst undergoing a particularly bad bout of depression. I'm less likely to do anything useful then anyway, and at best the book makes me feel better. Of course reading Dante's Inferno in such a state was just perfect.

When it's quite horrible I'll get around to reading Catcher In The Rye.

Reply Juan (Guest), June 20th, 2014, 5:41 pm

I did finally read it when I was in my late 30s and actually enjoyed it. It certainly wasn't what I expected, but I suppose most things are like that.
You can definitely skip the chapter on "the classification of whales" though. *yawn*

Reply W3r3gam3r (Guest), June 20th, 2014, 11:45 pm

I love this comic.

And, not to be a grammar nazi, but I think in panel two, line two, you meant "out" instead of "our."

Reply Morzone, June 21st, 2014, 11:20 am

it says our? i read to fast i didnt even notice, and clearly he should write his own version of the book

Reply Connors (Guest), June 22nd, 2014, 12:14 am

Cats with tie-collars do you put a collar that looks like a tie on your cat in real life? or a normal one? :I

Reply TheCatMolloy, June 22nd, 2014, 7:16 am

We had a little tie collar for Aleister, and he looked really cute in it, but he's a cat who insists on nudity. The tie was starting to look a bit tattered by the time he got it into the litterbox and smeared shit all over it. We threw it out after that.

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