words to live by: Ishmael edition

“(H)erein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality, and the rare virtue of thick walls, and the rare virtue of interior spaciousness. Oh, man! admire and model thyself after the whale! Do thou, too, remain warm among ice. Do thou, too, live in this world without being of it. Be cool at the equator; keep thy blood fluid at the Pole. Like the great dome of St. Peter’s, and like the great whale, retain, Oh man! in all seasons a temperature of thine own.”

–Moby Dick, Chapter 68


2 thoughts on “words to live by: Ishmael edition

  1. Hey Molly! Long time no anything, but I’m checking in because I’m deciding whether to go to AWP and since it’s in LA, figured you may be going. Are you? Let me know!

    Happy New Year and Love,


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