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Chats on the Past: Richard King
May 19, 2022 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm
Dusk is for delightful discussions! Join us for a Live conversation with author Richard King, the award-winning author of The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History. King will discuss their book, Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick.
A revelation for Moby-Dick devotees and neophytes alike, Ahab’s Rolling Sea is a chronological journey through the natural history of Melville’s novel. From white whales to whale intelligence, giant squids, barnacles, albatross, and sharks, Richard J. King examines what Melville knew from his own experiences and the sources available to a reader in the mid-1800s, exploring how and why Melville might have twisted what was known to serve his fiction and King’s intriguing argument that Melville’s narrator Ishmael reveals his own tendencies toward what we would now call environmentalism.
Featuring a coffer of illustrations and an array of interviews with contemporary scientists, fishermen, and whale watch operators, Ahab’s Rolling Sea offers new insight not only into a cherished masterwork and its author but also into our evolving relationship with the briny deep—from whale hunters to climate refugees.
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