math-po

May 28, 2021

It has been nearly ten years since we mentioned Sea and Spar Between, the poetry generator created by Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland, which uses words from Emily Dickinson’s poems and Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. The information on the how to read page is very instructive.

There’s technology and mathematics involved here, and if you’re interested in the intersection of poetry and math, definitely have a look at Kaz Maślanka’s site, Mathematical Poetry (use the sidebar to navigate). You might also check out Maślanka’s home page, which is loaded with intriguing maps of that intersection. For example, Verbogeometry: The confluence of words and analytic geometry.

There’s more than one way to make a poem!

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image by Kazmier Maślanka

now sounding

March 25, 2016

Moby Dick Big Read

It’s been several years since we mentioned Moby-Dick Big Read and it definitely seems worth a reminder. Out of a symposium convened in 2011 at Peninsula Arts, Plymouth University, UK, by artist Angela Cockayne and writer Philip Hoare was born an online version of Melville’s epic tome, each of the book’s 135 chapters read aloud by voices celebrated and unknown and broadcast online, public and freely accessible. With readers from Tilda Swinton to Mary Oliver, each chapter is accompanied by a piece of artwork.

Listen at Moby Dick Big Read, read along with your copy of the book, or, as you listen, look at Moby-Dick through the eyes of artist Matt Kish, whose book Moby-Dick in Pictures (Tin House 2011) offers an illustration for every page of the original book.

the whale is in the room…

September 22, 2012

Moby Dick Big ReadYou’ve been wanting to read — or re-read — Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville for a long time.

Now, the actress Tilda Swinton and 134 other readers are lending their voices to the “Moby-Dick Big Read,” an online audio version of Melville’s epic novel. At the rate of a chapter a day (today is chapter 7, read by Keith Collins and accompanied by artwork by Oliver Clegg), you can download and listen to the novel long into the autumn’s lengthening nights.

Start here.

You can also download Moby-Dick in a variety of formats from Project Gutenberg (not part of the Moby-Dick Big Read).

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