Snuggling Up For Storytime in New Bedford, Massachusetts
The bulk of the Moby Dick Marathon takes place in the dead of a winter night under a 66-foot blue whale skeleton hanging in the atrium of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The Marathon is a twenty-four hour reading of Melville’s magnum opus dictated in locations around New Bedford’s cobble-stoned historic district, where much of the book was written and set. From noon on the first Saturday of January to noon the next day, a succession of dedicated Melville aficionados read all 822 pages to a crowd of attentive listeners curled up under blankets sipping hot apple cider that the Whaling Museum offers in endless supplies. The best time to go is around midnight, perhaps after dinner in town (recommendation: tapas and wine at Cork, 90 Front Street) when a hot mug of cider and the steady drum of Melville’s prose is all you need to stave off a cold winter night.