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Tweeting Moby Dick

When the @mobydickwhale Twitter account went live earlier this week, there was a flurry of media attention and my inbox was almost instantaneously flooded with fan mail. Now that I’ve had a few days to reflect, I’d like to step back and answer some of the more frequently asked questions, while sipping on a nice glass of bourbon and listening to some Guns n’ Roses.

What the hell is this?
It’s a Twitter account set up to pump out the entirety of Herman Melville’s mediocre classic novel, one tweet at a time.

How long will that take?
About three years.

Well, we analyzed the marketplace and realized that this was a niche that hadn’t yet been filled. That was a light bulb moment, you know, like wow. In fact, I’m considering including an entire chapter about that one moment in my memoirs, it was that epic.

How’d you get the text for this?
We had interns working around the clock, typing it in.

Is there a charge to read the tweets?
Not at this time, but we are working with our finance team to figure out the best way of monetizing this project.

Did you ever read Moby Dick yourself?
Yes, unfortunately.

Moby Dick

Editor’s Note: Something appears to have gone wrong back in October. We’re considering this our top priority at the moment and should have service resumed momentarily.

Editor’s Note: It took a considerable amount of time and resources but we can finally report that @mobydickwhale is back online. We deeply apologize for any inconvenience that this outage may have caused.

Editor’s Note: It’s broken again. Damn whale.