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The Origin of the Name "Moby Dick"

The name of Melville's most famous creation was suggested by an article by Jeremiah Reynolds, published in the New York Knickerbocker Magazine in May 1839. Mocha Dick: or The White Whale of the Pacific recounted the capture of a giant white sperm whale that had become infamous among whalers for its violent attacks on ships and their crews. The meaning of the name itself is quite simple: the whale was often sighted in the vicinity of the island of Mocha, and "Dick" was merely a generic name like "Jack" or "Tom" -- names of other deadly whales cited by Melville in Chapter 45 of Moby-Dick"

A replica of the whale Mocha Dick, the inspiration of the famous whale in Moby Dick at the Williams College Art Museum

The Great Troika

Hundreds arrested as Russians protest invasion of Ukraine

Police officers detain a demonstrator holding a sign reading 'No war!' during protests in St Petersburg against Russia's attack on Ukraine

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