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  • Writer's pictureDenise Tolan

The Daily Dick: Musings on the Relevance of Moby-Dick Today

From The Monkey-Rope

"I seemed distinctly to perceive that my own individuality was now merged in a joint stock company of two; that my free will had received a mortal wound; and that another’s mistake or misfortune might plunge innocent me into unmerited disaster and death."


Musing: Oh man! - is Melville fit for today's times, or what? So here we are - humanity - reliant on one another not to breathe in each other's faces; not to harm each other simply by being alive. In these days, I am not an individual. I am a part of the collective. I must wait for that terrible concept of fate to decide where I will land. This virus is one more white whale swimming through the world. What will we make of its meaning?

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