Just the Best Literature

Hosted by Dennis Leap

Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

#289: Ishmael Reveals His Nameless Horror of Moby Dick

Aired Monday, January 17, 2022   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Grant Turgeon discuss Chapter 42: “The Whiteness of the Whale.” This fascinating chapter discusses the elusive qualities of the color white. This color happens to appall Ishmael.

#288: Introducing Moby Dick

Aired Monday, January 3, 2022   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Grant Turgeon discuss Chapter 41, “Moby Dick,” which gives the history of Moby Dick and Ahab and shows that Ishmael recognizes he is totally under Ahab’s influence.

#287: Kill-the-Whale Festivities

Aired Monday, December 27, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap with special guest Grant Turgeon complete their discussion of Chapter 37, titled “Sunset,” showing how Ahab describes himself as “demonic" and “madness maddened.” They then discuss the soliloquy’s of Starbuck (Chapter 38) and Stubb (Chapter 39) and end the program with a comedic soliloquy of the sailors (Chapter 40) written in the form of a musical. Under Ahab’s trance, the shipmates celebrate the killing of the whale.

#286: Ahab Hijacks the Pequod, Part 2

Aired Monday, December 20, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Grant Turgeon complete their discussion of Chapter 36, “The Quarterdeck,” showing how Ahab successfully completed his plan to hijack the Pequod to satisfy his vengeance against Moby Dick.

#285: Ahab Hijacks the Pequod, Part 1

Aired Monday, December 13, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Grant Turgeon discuss Chapters 30 and 31 of Moby Dick: Melville compares Ahab to a Norse king and crafts a humorous tale of Stubb telling Flask about his queer dream of a merman. Dennis and Grant also begin their discussion of Chapter 36, “The Quarterdeck,” in which Ahab initiates his plan to hijack the Pequod for his own dark purpose.

#284: Ahab—Supreme Lord and Dictator

Aired Monday, December 6, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   32 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Grant Turgeon discuss Herman Melville’s well-known and yet most mysterious character, Captain Ahab, from his American classic Moby Dick.

#283: Starbuck, Stubb, Flask and Harpooners

Aired Monday, November 29, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   30 minutes

Host Dennis Leap and special guest Grant Turgeon discuss Chapters 26 and 27 of Herman Melville’s American classic Moby Dick. Leap and Turgeon focus on the personalities of the Pequod’s three mates and their assistants, the harpooners.

#282: Ishmael and Queequeg Aboard the Pequod

Aired Monday, November 22, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap with special guest Grant Turgeon discuss chapters 19 through 21 of Melville’s timeless classic Moby Dick. The two shipmates meet again with the prophet Elijah who warns them about the mysterious sailors running toward the ship.

#281: Ishmael and Queegueg Sign On With the Pequod

Aired Monday, November 15, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   32 minutes

Host Dennis Leap with special guest Grant Turgeon begin discussion of chapters 14 and 16 of Melville’s American classic Moby Dick. Dennis and Grant focus on the history of old Nantucket and Ishmael’s selection of a whaling ship.

#280: Ishmael and Queequeg Tour New Bedford

Aired Monday, November 8, 2021   ·   08:00 AM CST   ·   31 minutes

Host Dennis Leap with special guest Grant Turgeon discuss chapters 5 through 9 of Melville’s timeless classic Moby Dick, which give the history of America’s once great whaling capitals, New Bedford and Nantucket.