Miscellany

  • Annotations recovered with the aid of technology reveal that Herman Melville “entertained the idea that Ahab (or an early version of him) would kill off his nemesis and that many of the Pequod’s crew, not just Ishmael, would survive the hunt” in Moby-Dick.
  • Nobel laureate Toni Morrison turns 75 on Saturday. The Toni Morrison society will “present Morrison with an inaugural ‘bench by the road,’ as part of a new community outreach initiative being launched the same day. Ten signature benches are projected, each commemorating sites important in African American history and in Morrison’s novels.” (Via TEV.)

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