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    Re: Melville Biography
    From: Robert Wallace
    Date: 2014 Jul 6, 01:01 +0000

    Hello john,


    I have never used a tablet so I don’t know what it requires.  I borrowed a Microsoft Surface from my University but did not take it on the voyage because I am writing my blog longhand and then transcribing to Microsoft Word before uploading, with images, to the wordpress blog.  So wifi did not come up for me.


    I can say that Bill the engineer has rigged up an excellent electronic board for charging batteries for cameras, cell phones, etc.  It has about 10 outlets and when my brand new GoPro camera ran out of juice because I had not successfully turned it off when I thought I did, I was able to recharge its battery in aboiut the same time I would have done at home.


    When I got off the shop I had the exhibition on the Art of Seeing the Whale to open as well as the four-day symposium, so it will not be until some time next week until I am able to post Parts 3 and 4 of my blog.


    I know you will have a wonderful time.  And such an interesting challenge for a writer, to try to find the best way to record and discover that one and one’s shipmates have been through.




    From: 38Talk@fer3.com [mailto:38Talk@fer3.com] On Behalf Of John Bryant
    Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2014 4:46 PM
    To: Robert Wallace
    Subject: [38Talk] Re: Melville Biography


    Dear All, and special to Bob Wallace and Peter Whittemore:

    I'm just back from Rome and readying myself for my leg of the voyage by reviewing the 38Talk.


    One naive question: can anyone tell me if I can use my iPad to blog on board ship? That is: is there wifi and cellular connectivity, or one or the other?






    John Bryant, Professor of English
    Founding Editor, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
    Consulting Editor, The Melville Society, http://melvillesociety.org/
    Director, Melville Electronic Library
    Director, Hofstra Digital Research Center
    Mason 204, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549; Tel: 516.463.5470

    From: 38Talk@fer3.com <38Talk@fer3.com> on behalf of Robert Wallace <NoReply_Wallace@fer3.com>
    Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2014 11:36 AM
    To: John L. Bryant
    Subject: [38Talk] Re: Melville Biography


    Hello John,


    I will be sure to read your blog as soon as it is launched.  So glad you are gong too. Peter and I had a great time.  The ship sails beautifully and everything about being on this big ship was inspirint.


    I will be updating my blog soon but it takes a little longer to pull everything together when I am on the wing.




    From: 38Talk@fer3.com [38Talk@fer3.com] on behalf of Peter Whittemore [NoReply_Whittemore@fer3.com]
    Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 11:06 PM
    To: Robert Wallace
    Subject: [38Talk] Re: Melville Biography

    John Just a quick one to say I just got back from MV-NB leg of 38th  with Bob Wallace, and we both agreed you are gonna love it. 

    From: NoReply_Bryant@fer3.com
    To: peterwhittemore---.com
    Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:26:12 -0700
    Subject: [38Talk] Melville Biography

    I am just now returning from a semester-long Fulbright fellowship at the University of Rome, teaching The American Renaissance in English to Italian PhD students.  I will be home next week, but I wanted to sign on now to 38Talk.  I am also writing a full, critical biography of Melville and hope that my experience on board the Morgan (on the last leg into Boston) will give me some inkling of Melville's years at sea.  (I think I will be the only Melville biographer to have sailed on a whaling vessel.)  My original project was to use a digital mapping and annotation tool called Locast to record my experiences at sea.  But in Rome, I tried using it using it to record my tracking of Melville's 30-day tour of the city in 1857, and the tool proved cumbersome. Instead, for the Rome project, I set up a blog called Melville in Rome (www.engjlb.wordpress.com), which seemed much easier to manage.  So, my new plan is to blog on my experiences on the Morgan: pre-, during, and post-.  I will send you the URL for the Morgan blog as soon as it's launched.  But right now, my wife Ginny and I are in Copenhagen, in transit to New York City, where we hope to reunite with daughter, dog, and home after a four-month absence.

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