Reading by Matt and Jackie Greenfiled
Friday, March 29th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Celebrating Herman Melville’s Bicentennial: Readings from Moby Dick and Mocha-Rich
Then: A mysterious narrator who implores us to call him “Ishmael” recounts his fateful voyage in the 1820s with Captain Ahab, a monomaniacal old man obsessed with re-meeting and killing the beast who took his leg, the notorious white whale, Moby-Dick.
Now: “Mahalath” digressively spins a yarn from the late 1990s about her first adventure on the FLEETs (the Female Learning, Enlightenment, and Erudition Teams) with Captain Jezebel, a high school senior whose only mission in life is to re-encounter and answer the question prompt so elusive and frustrating that it caused her to stab her own thigh, the increasingly faint-fonted question Mocha-Rich.
Matt and Jackie Greenfield are proud parents of a now-nearly-5-year-old daughter. Matt developed Mocha-Rich; or, The Question through a series of sotto voce readings of drafts with Jackie throughout their daughter’s first year of life — while their newborn slept. The novel is intended both as a parodic response to the near-complete-lack of female characters in many “the classics” of Western literature and as a reflection on the pre-Internet-Age of the 1990s, the last generation of digital immigrants. Jackie & Matt hope that the world premiere of this gender-flipped version inspires some to explore the original novel, and maybe even create their own version(s)! The complete text of the parody is available at http://rise-of-west.com/epic/mocha-rich-or-the-question/.