Who’s Confused?

Who’s Confused?

IN DEFENSE OF JOHN SEXTON, PART I I received an e-mail from the NYU “Faculty Democracy” listserv with the provocative subject heading “Pres. Sexton loses grip with Times reporter.” Clicking on the link provided in the message, I was taken to a...
Disagreeing with the Vote of No Confidence

Disagreeing with the Vote of No Confidence

At 5:54 p.m. Gulf Standard Time, I received an e-mail from Helios Voting: As approved by a vote of the FAS faculty held on Dec. 13, 2012, the Faculty Senators of FAS is administering a vote on the proposition that “The Faculty of Arts and Science has no...
Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 136

Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 136

And so, finally, we reach the end. When Moby-Dick was published in London by Richard Bentley on October 18, 1851 (using Melville’s original title,┬áThe Whale), it seemed to end with the haunting final words of Chapter 135: Now small fowls flew screaming over the...
Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 135

Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 135

And so we reach the climactic confrontation between Ahab and the white whale, Moby Dick. It’s a beautiful morning, which prompts Ahab to meditate on the way that feeling often overrules thinking: “What a lovely day again! Were it a new-made world, and made...
Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 134

Moby-Dick Big Read, Day 134

In “The Tail,” Ishmael refers to the phenomenon of breaching, when the whale bounds out of the water and elevates itself into the air before plunging down again: As in the ordinary floating posture of the Leviathan the flukes lie considerably below the...