Q: How do I sign up to read?
A: The MDMNYC will be on hiatus in 2013, with plans to return November 14-16, 2014. We have some plans for 2013; stay tuned and save the date Friday, November 15, 2013. If you want to read in 2014, you can send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. We cannot guarantee all interested will be able to get a spot in 2014, but we will be taking alternates in any case.
Q: Why that weekend in November?
A: Moby-Dick was published in the U.S. on November 14, 1851; we chose to tie our marathon to the weekend closest to that publication date.
Q: Why three days?
A: We feel the no-overnights format is kinder to readers, and differentiates our marathon from others. It also happily parallels the three-day chase at the end of the book!
Q: Are you running to ACK (Nantucket)?
A: No! We are running nowhere. We will only be exercising our minds; the “marathon” denotes a straight-through (in our case, we’ll be breaking to sleep at night, though) reading of the book.
Q: How come sometimes it’s “Moby Dick” and sometimes it’s “Moby-Dick”?
A: The name of the book is Moby-Dick; the name of the whale in the book is Moby Dick. We don’t know why, but that’s the punctuation difference. Book, hyphen; whale, no hyphen.