Word Up: Keeping Languages Alive

“Fifty to ninety percent of the world’s languages are predicted to disappear in the next century, according to the The Rosetta Project, a collaborative, open-source endeavor by language specialists and native speakers around the world who are creating a ‘near permanent’ archive of the world’s languages. ” Kendra Mayfield —Word Up: Keeping Languages AliveWired)

Call Me Ahab

“[T]he story remains a contest between Moby Dick, the thinking man’s whale, in his ‘pyramidal silence’, and Captain Ahab, the thinking whale’s man. For Melville, as for Chase, malice is the authentic mark of the whale’s intelligence.” Jeremy Harding reviews four recent books that reflect on Melville’s Moby Dick —Call Me Ahab (London Review of Books)