Friday, March 18, 2005

One Line Says it All

From my sister:
This is BookTV, not Court TV. If they were interviewing Herman Melville,
would they put the whale/Moby Dick on for balance?


Ohadi Langis said...

I really liked the comment about Moby Dick. In my article about news media coverage of the trial I also used the great white whale as a metaphor.


In deciding to track media coverage of the trial I felt I'd in effect harpooned the great white whale of Holocaust denial and all of the monstrous controversy surrounding it. There's a lot of mixed metaphors about this trial that bring to mind images from Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. For instance, with the verdict against him, one could say Irving's ship, his reputation as a historian, was destroyed by the very creature he created and pursued with the same demonic intensity as Captain Ahab.

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anonymous said...

If the whales were sentient, not a bad idea. As they are not, it's a very lame analogy, to put it gently. Not a great humor either.

Porter Graham said...

I thought that if they were interviewing Harriet Beecher Stowe they could put on Simon Legree or Nathan Bedford Forrest to say slavery never happened and if it did it wasn't harsh, for balance?

david gehrig said...

When looking for a counterpart to Irving, I think a better Melville allusion might be to another of his novels, The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade.