My sister, quite the scholar and more knowledgeable about literature than I could ever be, refuses to read Moby-Dick. In fact, she even claimed so in that gonorrhea-like 25 Things Facebook meme thing that everyone seems to have contracted. So, she will probably hate (and/or altogether ignore) this: Callmeishmael.org. It is a site on which Patrick Shea has committed to writing a song for each of the 136 chapters in Moby-Dick. Says the Times, “Combining literary analysis with eclectic musical taste and a dark, clear baritone, Mr. Shea posts a new song each week.” I imagine, as my sister reads this, she’s pounding her head against her desk repeatedly, though I hope to no permanent damage. She’d probably rather rather replace every song on her iPod with Hannah Montana than hear rock ditties about Ahab’s quest.
Still! Hate the White Whale all you might, is this not an interesting idea for other popular novels? Surely someone can squeeze a few pop rock song cycles out of The Scarlet Letter, or Brideshead Revisited, or even (my personal head-bashed-on-desk pick) Gone With the Wind. Though woe be he who wants to tackle something like War and Peace or Infinite Jest.