Day 24Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
April 12, 2022 by Yiyun Li
“Thus we see how that the spine of even the hugest living things tapers off at last into simple child’s play.” Echo of Hamlet here: “Worms are the emperor of all diets… A fat king and a skinny beggar are just two dishes at the same meal.”
“Give me a condor’s quill! Give me Vesuvius’ crater for an inkstand!...To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme.” O Ishmael, I will travel anywhere on a ship built with your exclamation marks!
“Both the ancestry and posterity of Grief go further than the ancestry and posterity of Joy.” In this way we humans differentiate ourselves from other species, for whom the memory of day and the memory of night must be equally ephemeral.