Call Me Ishmael: Stories about Stories

Reading Matters will be on hiatus during the University of Illinois’s winter break. In the meantime, we want to introduce you to another celebration of reading.

Call Me Ishmael is a project that invites readers to call a phone number and leave a voicemail with a story about their favorite book. The Ishmael team then selects a voicemail, transcribes the message on a typewriter, and creates a video of the transcription and the voice recording. The stories cover a wide range of books, from classics to children’s books, and an ever wider range of experiences. Below are a small sample of the recordings.


Special thanks to Miriam Angress, editor at Duke University Press, for introducing us to Call Me Ishmael.


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The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was established in 1997 to promote interdisciplinary study in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.
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