My Moby Dick: Margaret Wertheim

My Moby Dick is a video series presented by The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library to discover or rediscover the great literary masterpiece, Moby Dick, through the lens of the modern and equally mythical Southern California state of mind.

Science writer and curator Margaret Wertheim discusses Moby Dick as science fiction, whales as the petroleum of the 19th century, and Melville’s respectful treatment of both the whalers and the whale.

Presented by The Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Filmed by Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton
Story edited by Nic Cha Kim
Edited by Eric Heights
Music: “The Moments of Our Mornings” by Kai Engel
Artwork: Raymond Pettibon
No Title (His transformation is), 2009
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles

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