The New Bedford Whaling Museum's Moby-Dick Marathon is an annual non-stop reading of Herman Melville's literary masterpiece. The multi-day program of entertaining activities and events is presented every January. Admission to the Marathon is free.

Friday, August 31, 2012

The MDC at Arrowhead

I was fortunate to catch William Petit at Arrowhead, talking about his renowned Moby Dick Collection. It was great to finally meet the man behind one of my "must read" blogs.

Mr. Petit spent the morning in Melville's study creating a watercolor of the view out toward Mt. Greylock. (His painting is visible in the left corner of the photo above.) Later he talked about the genesis of his collection, the surprises encountered, and the insights gleaned in the process of accumulating over 200 copies of Moby-Dick.

His current white whale is a braille edition. As John Hartford sang, "Next time you go to the attic, look and see what you got."

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