Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Thar she blows

Seeing as in three months and 11 days it will be the 159th anniversary of the publication of Moby Dick, I thought it appropriate to post this painting by the self-taught artist Stephen Warde Anderson. "The Great White Whale" was completed in September 1994 -- 143 years and one month after the publication of Herman Melville's required school reading. Stephen, who lives in Rockford, Ill., is still painting. And recently I discovered he's blogging. In "It Simply Isn't Done, Old Chap," Stephen muses about ungentlemanly behavior, like the baseball manager who fails to shave on a daily basis. If you're ever in the Rockford area, pay Stephen a visit. You'll remember it.

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