Moby Dick

Fiction Book Review: Mysterium by Susan Froderberg. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-0-374-21768-6

Mysterium<p>Susan Froderberg. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $26 (288p) ISBN 978-0-374-21768-6<p>More By and About This Author<p>Froderberg’s austere adventure …

Books

Can you guess these book titles based on cryptic descriptions of their plots?

Measure how well-read you are with these cryptic book descriptions.<p>Reddit user montemole asked people on the website to describe their favourite …

Books

Massachusetts has a new 200 mile whale trail celebrating its maritime history

Whales are some of the largest and most fascinating animals on the planet, and some places in the world have a history that’s deeply intertwined with their existence. Massachusetts is one of these places.<p>The northeastern New England state has a “special connection with these beloved creatures of …

New England

Booker Prize winner Flights is a bizarre, surreal work of rare beauty: EW review

We gave it an <b>A-</b><p>In its original Polish, Olga Tokarczuk’s International Man Booker Prize-winning opus had another title: <i>Bieguni</i>, named for a fictional …

Books

Ask the Editor: Dealing with Rejection

Editor Betty Kelly Sargent answers writing questions submitted by readers. This month, she takes a look at how to handle rejection.<p><i>Dear Editor:</i><p><i>How</i> …

Writing

Up Front Brewing Ahab Stout

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Up Front Brewing is the passion project of gypsy brewer Jack Griffin. All of Up Front's core beers are named for …

Shopping

The Meg is one of the best shark movies ever made

One of the best shark movie ever made, The Meg brilliantly merges an action star, a big budget, and B-movie absurdity.<p>Let’s get this out of the way …

Horror

From Sharknado to Statham: how sharksploitation cinema went mainstream

Could Jason Statham be this generation’s Captain Ahab? That’s one way to describe the British action star’s role in The Meg, which swam into British cinemas yesterday. In Warner Brothers’ late-summer blockbuster, Statham plays a grizzled naval captain in the Moby Dick tradition, bent on …

Film (UK)

Driving Massachusetts's New 'Whale Trail'

From Boston to Cape Cod, a new trail follows one of nature’s mightiest creatures.<p>When it comes to whales, Massachusetts's enviable seaboard—from Boston to Provincetown, via Gloucester, Plymouth, New Bedford, and Nantucket—hardly needs a sales pitch. It’s home to breaching leviathans, a spectacle of …

New England

How to access free and legal copies of English and American classic literature online

Add up all the textbooks and calculators that students need to buy and September can be rough for American parents and their children. While schools require purchases of the latest textbook editions each year, parents can acquire some books that never go out of date—and cost nearly nothing.<p>Many of …

Literature

Three Great Reasons To Love Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Who doesn’t love a vacation that incorporates wonderful accommodations, great food, and terrific natural resources that offer atmosphere — and more atmosphere? (Hollywood types love to vacation here, and people who don’t mind driving for hours and hours to get here, especially from Canada.). I’m …

New England

Watch This Paddleboarder Accidentally Crash Right Into a Humpback Whale

Travel<p>By James Chrisman Published On 08/08/2018<p>@james_chrisman2<p>By James Chrisman @james_chrisman2 Published On 08/08/2018<p>Whales: Are they giant sea …

Humpback Whales

Children's Book Review: And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness, illus by Rovina Cai. HarperTeen, $19.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-06-286072-9

And the Ocean Was Our Sky<p>Patrick Ness, illus by Rovina Cai. HarperTeen, $19.99 (160p) ISBN 978-0-06-286072-9<p>More By and About This Author<p>Like …

Book Reviews

62 Years After It Was Written, a Hemingway Story Gets Published for the First Time

Ernest Hemingway's catalog of published works inspired by his time living in Paris just got a little larger. As PBS reports, his …

Culture

Are Ships, Cars, and Nations Always Called 'She'?

Nobody knows why people started calling ships "she." Old English nouns had genders, but experts don't think this is the reason for ships being …

Linguistics

The marvels of a musical take on ‘Moby Dick’

Bernard Herrmann’s cantata — soon to be performed by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra — touches on almost all the novel’s most famous passages, while …

Boston

Videos: Teaching While On A Rollercoaster

Stephen Colbert periodically has professors teach him, and his audience, while using a rollercoaster as a classroom.<p>Yes, teaching while on a …

Teaching

Buy Books and Never Read Them? There's a Japanese Word for That

In English, stockpiling books without ever reading them might be called being a literary pack rat. People in Japan have a much nicer term for the …

Culture

Herman Melville, From Novella to Opus: What to Read and Where to Start

The problem with a book like <i>Moby-Dick,</i> or a writer like Herman Melville, is that the best thing you can say about them is that they’re not overrated. Like <i>Rules of the Game</i>, Lebron James, or the city of New York, Herman Melville’s seafaring masterpiece is really that good. The thing is, that doesn’t …

Culture

What’s Your Favorite John Bonham Performance?

<i>In this month’s Rock ’n’ Jazz Clinic, the drummer and educator Powell Randolph explores a classic John Bonham foot pattern. In keeping with the</i> …

Guitar

The 66-Year Evolution of Queen Elizabeth II’s Hats in One GIF

Though Queen Elizabeth II’s royal standing entitles her to the ultimate piece of headgear—a crown—you’re more likely to catch her wearing a bright …

Culture

How 8 Famous Fast-Food Restaurants Got Their Names

Plucked from a dream, an old map, a daughter’s birth certificate—that’s how the names of some of the most famous fast-food restaurants came to be.<p>In …

Food

American Experience

The Life of Herman Melville<p>Not until the early 20th century was Herman Melville's novel <i>Moby Dick</i> first recognized as a literary masterpiece and …

Literature

Birthday Challenge 8-1-18

Aug 1, 2018 1:40PM<p>It is time for another edition of The Birthday challenge! Want to test your wits with Ron Diaz and Jay Recher? Play along below and …

Wesley Snipes

Herman Melville's Iconic Nightmare and Masterpiece

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as ‘Classic Comics’<p>Most people know American author <b>Herman Melville</b> only by his most famous novel, the story of Captain …

Literature

There's A 24 Prequel In Development

It will follow the adventures of a young Jack Bauer<p>Jack Bauer could return for another series of <i>24</i> in a new spin-off which is in development, according to reports from insiders.<p><i>Variety</i>quotes sources as saying that a prequel focusing on the adventures of a young Jack Bauer is being developed by …

Librarianship

191 Years After His Death, the Poet William Blake Is Getting a New Tombstone

William Blake’s final words before his death in 1827 are said to have been, “I am going to that country which I have all my life wished to see.” But …

Culture

Senate Votes to Extend National Flood Insurance Program

The Senate voted to extend the National Flood Insurance Program through November, The Hill is reporting.<p>The funding legislation now awaits the …

Conservative View

15 Greatest Drum Breaks of All Time

You shouldn’t be surprised to hear this list was inspired by Dave Lombardo’s iconic double kick break on Slayer’s 'Angel of Death.' Continue reading…

Guitar

13 Literary Writers Who Have Adapted Other People’s Books for the Screen

Hollywood has long been a mysterious place where literary writers can sometimes make a little extra money—sure, there’s the nice paycheck when their …

Literature