Thursday, January 14, 2010

What's Moby's Link to Lull?

This photo is a clue, as is the post about Paul Metcalf.

As I was searching for something completely unrelated on the Web, I came across a BBC interview with the musician Moby. I listened to only the first minute or less of it and learned something that related to my reading.

Moby's full name is Richard Melville Hall—Melville after his great-great-great-great-granduncle Herman Melville. But his parents thought a nickname might suit him better until he could grow into his serious name. He's been the diminutive Moby ever since.

Writer Paul Metcalf also hails from the Herman Melville family tree: He's Melville's great-grandson, and it was in Metcalf's home that the Billy Budd manuscript was discovered after Melville's death.

Now what's the likelihood that you would know these bits of trivia if you weren't a Lull reader? And to think that my unemployment brought it all together. It's a small, interconnected world after all.

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