Listen now | Nearly every Monday I meet with a writing group called Wordswordswords. We often share writing goals or frustrations, or discuss what we’re currently working on, and at the beginning of this project, I shared Moby Dick Summer with them. And they’ve been fully onboard since day one, reading the chapters in the weeks they roll out, with
I was listening to the podcast while I was doing some late night editing for work, so I may have missed it if this was discussed, but did anyone else find the footnote about whale milk completely bonkers? "The milk is very sweet and rich; it has been tasted by man; it might do well with strawberries." - I mean obviously we drink cow's milk all the time...but for some reason the idea of whale milk is off-putting. Maybe it's because of this part of the description: "a contingency provided for in suckling by two teats, curiously situated, one on each side of the anus" and because it sounds like men have tasted it by chance after stabbing a whale and "the mother’s pouring milk and blood rivallingly discolour the sea for rods"
Also, as you bring up in the pod - the Loose-Fish/Fast-Fish discussion was some great Shakespeare-esque wordplay.
My favorite line in this section: "Thank him heartily; but tell him it’s against my principles to drink with the man I’ve diddled."