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    Re: Theseus' Ship; the Morgan; Fluid Texts
    From: Peter Whittemore
    Date: 2014 Jul 7, 15:50 -0400
    Jamie:
     Response to third paragraph of yours: 
          A man named Nick Mullins, a fourth generation underground coal miner is currently travelling the country with his wife and two (8 and 10) sons, to educate people about the scourge of mountaintop removal coal mining practices.  He was on Commonwealth Journal, a UMass radio show carried by WUMB last night, 7/6/14, and he spoke of recently bringing his family and effort to New Bedford.  He said he was struck by a film shown in the basement of the Seamen's Bethel on the history of New Bedford, as it portrayed "The City That Lit the World".  He was struck because currently the Coal Industry is using the slogan "We Keep the Lights On."
         Mountain top removal is to the coal problem and the environment as factory ships with cannon fired exploding harpoons were to the whaling industry and the species decline.    Interesting parallel and timing synchronicity, eh?   I'd like to see his effort promoted and encouraged.      Peter

    From: NoReply_JamieJones@fer3.com
    To: peterwhittemore@hotmail.com
    Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 10:36:14 -0700
    Subject: [38Talk] Re: Theseus' Ship; the Morgan; Fluid Texts

    Dear fellow Voyagers,

    I'm finding this conversation on Theseus' Ship and fluid texts very exciting, and I hope we'll have the opportunity to continue it in the future through this forum and others.  I'm currently writing my first book, a scholarly monograph, on what I'm provisionally calling the cultural afterlife of the US industrial whaling industry.  I chronicle representations of the whaling industry from its peak of productivity through its decline and commemoration, through the disciplinary perspectives of literary studies and visual culture.  So these conversations on how we try to come into contact with the past are fascinating and really generative for my research.

    I was a Voyager on the Newport-Martha's Vineyard leg (and how I wish that my time on the Morgan was still ahead of me!).  I approached the ship with a strong desire to see what was "original"and "authentic."  But I have to admit that I was captivated by the ways the ship has been fitted out for its 2014 voyage, and I wished I'd lingered in the engine room and in the hold, where C19 ship architecture and even some of that original framing comes into contact with C21 plumbing.  I was reminded of what Marcel Duchamp said (or what was said about his work), that the "only works of art America has given are her plumbing and her bridges."  Modernist snobbery aside, the plumbing in the hold of the Morgan IS a work of art.

    I'll be curious to hear how any of you perceived and experienced the confluence of the present and past on the Morgan, whether you perceived a sense of anachronism or of objects out of time.  And, Michelle, please keep me in mind if you convene a conversation on Theseus' Morgan in Salem.

    I look forward to continuing the conversation, and I look forward, too, to hearing much more about the Voyages yet to come! 

    Warm wishes,
    Jamie

    Jamie L. Jones

    Research Fellow/Lecturer, Department of English
    University of Michigan
    Tel.  617-359-2918



    On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM, Michelle Moon <NoReply_MichelleMoon@fer3.com> wrote:
    It's probably not a coincidence that Mary Malloy taught my museum history course...! She is great on this topic. 
     

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