Thursday, July 2, 2015

“A certain semi-visible steam”

The sperm whale’s spout: what’s it all about?

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851).

Here is one of the more remarkable passages for thinking about Ishmael. “Composing a little treatise on Eternity,” as the air above his head worms and undulates: who is this narrator?

Also from Moby-Dick
“Nothing exists in itself” : Nantucket ≠ Illinois : Quoggy : “Round the world!” : Gam : On “true method”

[Elaine and I finished a first reading of Moby-Dick last night. Next stop: Willa Cather, A Lost Lady.]

comments: 2

Chris said...

Glorious stuff. I never read Moby-Dick until I was almost forty, even though I had read Pierre and some other works long before. I'm itching to get back to it.

Michael Leddy said...

I’m planning to read more Melviille, esp. The Confidence-Man, which I haven’t read in many years.