What Ever Happened to Moby Dick?

In Fall of 2013, the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library invited readers across Los Angeles to discover or rediscover the great literary masterpiece, Moby Dick, through the lens of the modern and equally mythical Southern California state of mind. It was an unparalleled, month-long city-wide adventure into the minds of author Herman Melville, Captain Ahab and the great white whale itself. With activities scattered from Highland Park to Venice, Granada Hills to San Pedro, the project considered whether a 500-page novel published in 1851 can speak across the ages to a person in 21st Century L.A.

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles is grateful to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the WHH Foundation for their generous support of this project.

Think you can summarize a 600-page book in 140 characters?

We asked people to prove it! The nearly 200 tweets we received (which you can read below) were thoughtful, hilarious, deep, creative, and outright absurd. We were so impressed, it took a Melvillian effort just to narrow down the list of winners.

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