From April to December 2021, the 24-Hour Room will read Moby-Dick from stem to stern, in 197 short passages, at the beginning of our hosted weekday Studio Sessions. The Moby-Dick Slow Marathon is part of the Flow Reading program in The 24-Hour Room's Studio, which is primarily a silent virtual workspace. Please repair to the Lounge for any discussion after the readings. And if you're ever at work in the Studio and would prefer not to hear the Flow Reading, simply turn off your volume.

A calendar of readings appears below. The page numbers below refer to the Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition with a foreword by Nathaniel Philbrick. You can also read along in your own edition using the chapter list and line endings from the Calendar, read directly from the READINGS & DISCUSSION page on the member site (where the daily passage will be posted each morning), or get Moby-Dick on Project Gutenberg (where you can navigate the chapters by editing the three final digits in the url).

Members are invited to sign up to give the daily reading at any Studio Session, and we'll be putting out calls for readers on certain days this summer when the 24H staff plan to be off grid, exploring the watery part of the world, camping, or just sleeping in.

Discussion will occur in the comments below each the day's passage on the READINGS & DISCUSSION page, spontaneously in the Lounge anytime and at periodic Gams in the Lounge, which will be announced.

MOBY-DICK Flow Reading Calendar


  • 1 | 4/5 | Etymology & Extracts, through “Cook's Voyages

  • 2 | 4/6 | Extracts, “The larger whales” to end

  • 3 | 4/7 | Chapter 1, Loomings to ”the key to it all.”

  • 4 | 4/8 | Chapter 1, Loomings | “Now, when I say” to end

  • 5 | 4/9 | Chapter 2, The Carpet-Bag |

  • 6 | 4/12 | Chapter 3, The Spouter-Inn | p 13 to “was the answer.”

  • 7 | 4/13 | Chapter 3, The Spouter-Inn | p 16 “I could not help it” to “a string of inions.”

  • 8 | 4/14 | Chapter 3, The Spouter-Inn | p 21 “This account” to “I bolted a dinner.”

  • 9 | 4/15 | Chapter 3, The Spouter-Inn | p 24 “Even as it was” to end

  • 10 | 4/16 | Chapter 4, The Counterpane |

  • 11 | 4/19 | Chapter 5, Breakfast |

  • 12 | 4/20 | Chapter 6, The Street |

  • 13 | 4/21 | Chapter 7, The Chapel |

  • 14 | 4/22 | Chapter 8, The Pulpit |

  • 15 | 4/23 | Chapter 9, The Sermon | Charles McMahon

  • 16 | 4/26 | Chapter 9, The Sermon (Continued) | p 49

  • 17 | 4/27 | Chapter 9, The Sermon (Continued) | p 51

  • 18 | 4/28 | Chapter 10, A Bosom Friend |

  • 19 | 4/29 | Chapter 11, Nightgown | p 59

  • 20 | 4/30 | Chapter 12, Biographical | p 61

  • 21 | 5/3 | Chapter 13, Wheelbarrow | p 64

  • 22 | 5/4 | Chapter 13, Wheelbarrow (Continued) | p 66

  • 23 | 5/5 | Chapter 14, Nantucket | p 69

  • 24 | 5/6 | Chapter 15, Chowder | p 72

  • 25 | 5/7 | Chapter 16, The Ship | p 76

  • 26 | 5/10 | Chapter 16, The Ship (Continued) | p 79

  • 27 | 5/11 | Chapter 16, The Ship (Continued) | p 82

  • 28 | 5/12 | Chapter 16, The Ship (Continued) | p 85

  • 29 | 5/13 | Chapter 16, The Ship (Continued) | p 87

  • 30 | 5/14 | Chapter 17, The Ramadan | p 90

  • 31 | 5/17 | Chapter 17, The Ramadan (Continued) | p 92

  • 32 | 5/18 | Chapter 18, His Mark | p 96

  • 33 | 5/19 | Chapter 19, The Prophet | p 100

  • 34 | 5/20 | Chapter 20, All Astir | p 104

  • 35 | 5/21 | Chapter 21, Going Abroad | p 107

  • 36 | 5/24 | Chapter 22, Merry Christmas | p 111

  • 37 | 5/25 | Chapter 22, Merry Christmas (Continued) | p 113

  • 38 | 5/26 | Chapter 23, The Lee Shore | p 116

  • 39 | 5/27 | Chapter 24, The Advocate | p 118

  • 40 | 5/28 | Chapter 24, The Advocate (Continued) | p 120

  • 41 | 5/31 | Chapter 25, Postscript | Kevin Kent

  • 42 | 6/1 | Chapter 26, Knights and Squires | p 124

  • 43 | 6/2 | Chapter 27, Knights and Squires | p 128

  • 44 | 6/3 | Chapter 27, Knights and Squires (Continued) | p 130

  • 45 | 6/4 | Chapter 28, Ahab | p 133

  • 46 | 6/7 | Chapter 29, Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb | p 137

  • 47 | 6/8 | Chapter 30, The Pipe | p 141

  • 48 | 6/9. | Chapter 31, Queen Mab | p 142

  • 49 | 6/10 | Chapter 32, Cetology | p 145

  • 50 | 6/11 | Chapter 32, Cetology (Continued) | p 147

  • more to come ...