When I worked as an academic librarian, students would come to the reference desk and ask if we had the movie versions of assigned reading so they didn’t have to read the book. I looked down on them. But what goes around comes around, and last weekend I netflixed Moby Dick directed by John Huston. In addition to reinforcing my understanding of the plot, the movie helped me imagine what it would be like on a ship in the middle of the ocean. At the same time, I was reminded of the scene in Married with Children where Bud passes off the plot of Gilligan’s Island as the plot of Robinson Crusoe because I kept thinking of Jaws.

P.S. Gregory Peck, who played Captain Ahab, also looked like Abraham Lincoln.