adventures in heideland
As for the sons and daughters they beget, why, those sons and daughters must take care of themselves; at least, with only the maternal help. For like certain other omnivorous roving lovers that might be named, my Lord Whale has no taste for the nursery, however much for the bower; and so, being a great traveller, he leaves his anonymous babies all over the world; every baby an exotic.

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale [Ch. 88: Schools and Schoolmasters

An ongoing list of things I didn’t expect while reading Moby-Dick:

13) whale baby-daddies

(Who knew!)

"What has he in his hand there?" cried Starbuck, pointing to something wavingly held by the German. "Impossible! – a lamp-feeder!"

"Not that," said Stubb, "no, no, it’s a coffee-pot, Mr. Starbuck; he’s coming off to make us our coffee, is the Yarman; don’t you see that big tin can there alongside of him? – that’s his boiling water. Oh! he’s all right, is the Yarman."

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale [Ch. 81: The Pequod meets the Virgin (Jungfrau)]

An ongoing list of things I didn’t expect while reading Moby-Dick:

12) No, this one was probably inevitable; the coffee + Starbuck reference.

Also, gotta appreciate Stubb’s optimism. Even way out at sea on the whale-ground he’s thinking about a kaffeeklatsch.

Maps | Vaguely Rude Places

Includes the old favorites Climax & Fertile, Minn.

Maps | Vaguely Rude Places

Includes the old favorites Climax & Fertile, Minn.

Charles Darwin may not have had “Moby-Dick” in the Beagle’s Library, but Ishmael quotes from Scoresby in the Cetology chapter.

Scoresby, William. 1820. An account of the Arctic regions, with a history and description of the northern whale-fishery. 2 vols. Edinburgh: Archibald Constable and Hurst, Robinson and Co. [?] Volume 1 Text Volume 2 Text

Also, what a cool project!

Haruki Murakami BINGO 

♥️

Source: @kseniaanske

Haruki Murakami BINGO

♥️

Source: @kseniaanske

significobs:

Artist Mike Stilkey uses the covers of books reclaimed from library trash heaps as a canvas for his whimsical paintings.

He works with a mix of ink, colored pencil, paint and lacquer to create each artwork that can vary from anthropomorphic animals playing instruments to portraits of men and women inspired by Weimar-era German expressionism.

More: New Paintings on Salvaged Books by Mike Stilkey | Colossal

One man’s trash…

And thus the work proceeds; the two tackles hoisting and lowering simultaneously; both whale and windlass heaving, the heavers singing, the blubber-room gentlemen coiling, the mates scarfing, the ship straining, and all hands swearing occasionally by way of assuaging the general friction.

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale [Ch. 67: Cutting In]

An ongoing list of things I didn’t expect while reading Moby-Dick:

11) Commonality with whalemen (swearing to assuage general friction)

The Real Life Inspirations Behind Moby-Dick — The Airship

Benedict Cumberbatch reading ‘Brit’ from Moby-Dick!

“As morning mowers, who side-by-side slowly and seethingly advanced their scythes through the long wet grass of marshy meads; even so these monsters swam, making a strange, grassy, cutting sound; and leaving behind them endless swaths of blue upon the yellow sea.”

Go to the meat-market of a Saturday night and see the crowds of live bipeds staring up at the long rows of dead quadrupeds. Does not that sight take a tooth out of the cannibal’s jaw? Cannibals? who is not a cannibal?

Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale [Ch. 65: The Whale as a Dish]

An ongoing list of things I didn’t expect while reading Moby-Dick:

10) Compelling, surprisingly contemporary-sounding discourse on the politics & ethics of food/eating

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you’d generally get to somewhere else—if you run very fast for a long time, as we’ve been doing."

"A slow sort of country!" said the Queen. "Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!"

Feel I’m running the Red Queen’s Race today on the twitters.