May 19, 2007


For first time visitors, Goat Rope usually covers fairly serious topics during the week, with gratuitous animal pictures thrown in mostly to justify the trouble of keeping them.

During the weekend, however, the animals get to speak for themselves. This weekend, we are pleased to welcome back Weimaraner dog and Goat Rope Farm Visiting Professor of Literary Theory Dr. Molly Ringworm. Be sure to check out her earlier contributions in the archives.

Dr. Ringworm is the author of Deconstructing Human Footwear and The Social Construction of Squeaky Toys, in addition to many articles in scholarly publications. She will be speaking on the subject of intertextuality in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick or The Whale.

It is our hope that features such as this will elevate the level of discourse and promote a greater appreciation of both the humanities and the animalities.


Have you ever noticed that like when you read a story it's kind of about other stories too?

Like in Moby Dick when the guy says "Call me Ishmael," Ishmael is the guy in that book but it kind of makes you think of the Ishmael from Genesis who is kind of a wanderer? Like the dude in Moby Dick?


And then there's that whole whale thing going on. I mean there's the whale in Moby Dick but there's also the whale in Jonah. Except that the whale in Moby Dick is white and we don't know what color the other one is.

Not that it matters or anything.

And then there's Captain Ahab who is kind of cool but kind of a whack job. He's named after a bad king in the Bible.

And then there's that part where there's this whale ship Rachel that's looking for a lost child, like the part in Jeremiah about "Rachel weeping for her children."

And then there's that part in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou" where the guy is about to drown but then floats on a coffin like Ishmael did in Moby Dick.

It's like it's all part of a story inside a story inside a story. And even now you are reading this like a story with me in it but we're talking about other stories...

And like your life is kind of a story and mine is too but I can't remember very much of it.

That's kind of weird. I think I need to go pee on something now.