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Day 22

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Chapters 94-98

April 10, 2022 by Yiyun Li

“The Try-Works” is another spectacular chapter—I always wish I could memorize it. “A plethoric burning martyr, or a self-consuming misanthrope” sounds an apt description of a writer, certainly, even though we aspire to be the Catskill eagle?

“There is a wisdom that is woe; but there is a woe that is madness.” There is a writer named Melville, whose words are worthy of being tattooed on one’s palm, to be held onto for now and all time in the future.

“Away we sail to fight some other world, and go through young life’s old routine again.” If I ever wept over written words, I would here, with “young life’s old routine.”

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