Deborah Hauser

Self inflicted Gaunt spare laid bare

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 34

Chapter 34 The Cabin-Table It was a witchery of social czarship.  Ishmael describes how the ship’s cabin belongs to Ahab and how the crew dines there in awful silence. Queequeg makes a brief appearance with the other harpooners.

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 32

Chapter 32 Cetology  a spouting fish, with a horizontal tail A found poem collaged from Chapter 32, in which nothing happens.   unshored exhibitions torture me to what purpose this unwritten life scientific or poetic the architect or the builder hunters, philosophers, jewelers and watchmakers he attains length and latitudes but let him go you […]

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 31

Chapter 31 Queen Mab  …great glory to be slapped by a queen… Stubb recounts a dream to Flask in which Ahab kicks Stubb with his ivory  leg and a badger-haired merman with a hump back appears to counsel Stubb.    

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 29

 Chapter 29 Enter Ahab; to him, Stubb  I am glad to have entered a new month of reading Moby-Dick. I have switched from counting days to counting chapters and it will be more difficult to calculate when I fall behind a day two.  …is he mad?…he don’t sleep… Stubb makes an error of judgment and […]

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 28

Chapter 28 Ahab  …but moody stricken Ahab stood before them with a  crucifixion in his face; in all the nameless regal overbearing dignity of some mighty woe. Captain Ahab finally appears after several days at sea. The mark on his face is the subject of much discussion amount the crew: is it a birthmark or […]

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 27

Chapter 27 another chapter titled Knights and Squires  Stubb’s tobacco smoke might have operated as a sort of disinfecting agent.  Ishmael introduces the second mate Stubb, and third mate Flask and their harpooners. We learn that Queequeg is Starbuck’s harpooner. It is noted that the large majority of men employed in the whaling industry, excepting […]

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 26

Chapter 26 Knights and Squires which consists of Ishmael’s description of the temperament of chief mate Starbuck. A found poem: his wife is afraid of thunder, wasted stars, divine equality she cannot withstand bottomless latitudes, welded words, his bent soul  

Reading Moby-Dick Chapter 25

Chapter 25 Postscript  Ishmael offers one more “substantiated fact” in his advocacy of the dignity of whaling. He argues that whaling  is dignified and regal because the king’s head is oiled with sperm oil at his coronation. I miss Queequeg.