Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Proposing: An Autumn Of Dick

The success of Infinite Summer has inspired us - we think that large online book clubs are a great way to help people get through long classic novels you'd otherwise never read. One such book that has been sitting on our shelves, gathering dust for more than a decade, is Herman Melville's Moby Dick. If you've read it, you're probably still, on some level, proud of yourself for having done so. If you are a former liberal arts major and you haven't read it, you probably feel a little bit guilty about it. Be honest.

Thus, we propose an Autumn of Dick. Starting October first and running through the third week of December, we can read this novel together in digestable chunks short enough to a) allow us to read other stuff simultaneously and b) to get ahead, or easily catch up, if we have to skip a week. I will post updates every Sunday, with some thoughts on the book and a space for reader comments.

Below is the schedule. Who's with me?

Week 1: Chapters 1-9 (51 pages)
Week 2: Chapters 10-19 (50 pages)
Week 3: Chapters 20-32 (53 pages)
Week 4: Chapters 33-42 (53 pages)
Week 5: Chapters 43-53 (51 pages)
Week 6: Chapters 54-63 (52 pages)
Week 7: Chapters 64-77 (55 pages)
Week 8: Chapters 77-88 (57 pages)
Week 9: Chapters 89-100 (52 pages)
Week 10: Chapters 101-112 (47 pages)
Week 11: Chapters 113-130 (56 pages)
Week 12: Chapters 131-Epilogue (38 pages)

P.S. I know what you're going to ask, and yes, Jake Taylor can read the classic comics edition. He's in the middle of a pennant race, and he's distracted, what with watching game film and having long philosophical conversations with Willie Mays Hayes and so forth.


Ellen said...

I'm in!

8yearoldsdude said...

Renee Roussou: Did you ever read Moby Dick?
Jake Taylor: Cover to cover, babe.