Ishmael, Ahab, Moby

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This American Icon continues to resonate in our culture more than 150 years after it was written. Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick survived his battle with Captain Ahab only to surface in the works of contemporary filmmakers, painters, playwrights and musicians. Kurt Anderson explores the contemporary influence of Herman Melville’s brilliant novel, with the help of Ray Bradbury, Laurie Anderson, Tony Kushner and Frank Stella, among others.