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.

Monday, January 7, 2013

MDM17 Wraps

Unwinding and unpacking after the 2013 Moby-Dick Marathon (MDM17). It was a great event (again), executed with apparent ease (again) by the dedicated staff and volunteers of the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

This was a year of change. Graphic artist Matt Kish was the Friday night speaker, rather than the customary Melville scholar. Ray Veary, who for years opened Chapter 1 in watch cap and pea coat, was replaced by retired congressman Barney Frank. Sidebar "chats" were expanded to include Matt Kish and fellow artist, painter Jason Hancock. The MDM buttons and the food/drink, provided free to marathoners in the past, now cost money(!).

Also, the Celtic Coffee House, across the street from the museum, got a beer and wine license. How conveeeenient!

Blog-mates Lemuel and Ynot did not attend this year, so I was stretched pretty thin trying to cover the weekend. Result: more Tweets, fewer photos, no sleep. Pleasures were found less in the text and trying to follow intellectual discussion, and more in simply seeing old friends once again.

A full brain-dump will come over the next few weeks. Long live the Moby-Dick Marathon.

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