I have been thinking about Moby Dick a lot and reading select passages from the book. It is one of my favorite books. Melville’s language is so distinct and timeless. It resonates with me, so many passages. I can pick it up and stumble on a line and it has so much to it.
“Now, in calm weather, to swim in the open ocean is as easy to the practised swimmer as to ride in a spring-carriage ashore. But the awful lonesomeness is intolerable. The intense concentration of self in the middle of such a heartless immensity, my God! who can tell it? Mark, how when sailors in a dead calm bathe in the open sea- mark how closely they hug their ship and only coast along her sides.”
Such a heartless immensity. Hug the ship.