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September 27, 2012

Moby Dick Big Read

Have you heard about the Moby Dick Big Read? I heard an interview last week on NPR that talked about this incredible project and knew I had to share. Essentially, they have created a free online version where a chapter a day is released for free download or listening. Each chapter is read by both celebrities and non-celebrities (including Tilda Swinton, John Waters, sea captains, etc.) and is accompanied by a visual art piece by various artists. Super cool.


From Chapter 1: Loomings
Albus, 2009 by Marcus Harvey


According to the site:

Moby-Dick is the great American novel. But it is also the great unread American novel. Sprawling, magnificent, deliriously digressive, it stands over and above all other works of fiction, since it is barely a work of fiction itself. Rather, it is an explosive exposition of one man’s investigation into the world of the whale, and the way humans have related to it. Yet it is so much more than that. It is a representation of evil incarnate in an animal – and the utter perfidy of that notion. Of a nature transgressed and transgressive – and of one man’s demonic pursuit, a metaphorical crusade that even now is a shorthand for overweening ambition and delusion.

Out of all this, Herman Melville created a unique work of art – as unique as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, as mythic as Coleridge’s Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner – a true force of nature, set in a century that challenged every tenet of faith that had been held until then. Melville’s book – is it barely a novel – exceeds every expectation of a literary work. It bursts out of its covers with the enormity of its subject – as if the great White Whale itself were contained within.

Now, in the 21st Century, a century and a half since it was first conceived and launched onto a misbelieving world, Moby-Dick retains its power – precisely because we are still coming to terms with it, and what it said. Incredibly prophetic, it foresaw so many of the aspects of the modern world with which we deal with. The abuse of power and belief; of nature and the environment; of the human spirit. It deals with art and artifice and stark reality – in an almost existential manner. It is truly a book before its time – almost ancient myth, as much as futuristic prophesy.

In the spring of 2011, artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare convened and curated a unique whale symposium and exhibition at Peninsula Arts, the dedicated contemporary art space at Plymouth University, under the title, Dominion. Inspired by their mutual obsession with Moby-Dick and with the overarching subject of the whale, they invited artists, writers, musicians, scientists and academics to respond to the theme. The result was an enthusiastic response which evidently could not be contained within the physical restrictions of a gallery space and a three-day symposium.

‘I have written a blasphemous book’, said Melville when his novel was first published in 1851, ‘and I feel as spotless as the lamb’. Deeply subversive, in almost every way imaginable, Moby-Dick is a virtual, alternative bible – and as such, ripe for reinterpretation in this new world of new media. Out of Dominion was born its bastard child – or perhaps its immaculate conception – the Moby-Dick Big Read: an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.


Moby Dick is one of those classics that I still haven’t gotten to, but this would be a fantastic way to go. I’ve already started downloading chapters to my iTunes and plan on burning them to create my very own book on CD to listen to on my commute and share with friends. This is an amazing project and I hope they plan similar collections for other great literary classics.

You can learn more about the Moby Dick Big Read and download chapters here.




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August 16, 2012

Old School Jam: Sweet Caroline

Guess who’s taking her parents to see Neil Diamond at the Greek tonight?

Yep, this is basically going to be us. 🙂





August 15, 2012

Happy Birthday, Julia Child!

Happy Birthday, Ms. Child!


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July 9, 2012

TED Talks: Dan Barber

I love food. I care about the environment and the sustainability of our resources. And now I have a mini-crush on Dan Barber.

If you’ve ever watched any of the Talks from TED, then you know how informative, interesting and inspiring they are. If you’re not familiar with TED, I highly recommend that you browse their site and take a watch at some of the great speakers and topics they’ve featured.

A couple of weeks ago, I watched a couple of great talks by Chef Dan Barber and I had to share these great discoveries! They’re only 19 minutes each and very much worth your time, I think. Dan is a great speaker and pretty funny, too. 🙂


How I Fell In Love With A Fish
This first one I’m posting deals with sustainable fish farming. It’s an great story and I don’t understand why there aren’t more fish farms like the one Dan introduces us to. It’s such an amazing place and the issue is one that is pretty important.



Foie Gras Parable
This next one introduces us to a small farm in Spain that produces humane foie gras. Especially interesting to us Californians, since it’s been banned in our state. Again, another amazing place and farmer Eduardo is an inspiration and his philosophies are admirable.



June 1, 2012

Hester Street Fair Hollywood

Get ready for some summer fun…


New York’s Hester Street Fair is coming to Hollywood!

New York’s favorite outdoor market is coming to Hollywood this summer for a series of 4 fun filled FREE events one block East of the historic intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Vine. The Hester Street Fair will be curating a collection of some of LA’s favorite artisans, craftsmen, collectors, food, brands, bloggers and music.

Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday to me!

Hester Goes Hollywood 


  •  Saturday, June 2, 11am-7pm
    • Bite Size Food and Crafts Festival


  • Saturday, July 7, 4pm-10pm
    • Hollywood Night Market


  • Saturday, August 18, 11am-7pm
    • Indie Craft Market


  • Saturday, August 25, 11am-7pm
    • Goodnight Hollywood Blvd. Music Festival