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.