Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Literary Inspiration

Via TPM:

Researchers have announced what they believe to be the first discovery of a sunken whaler from Nantucket, Massachusetts, on a coral reef in the Pacific. Adding to the intrigue, the ship is believed to be the Two Brothers, which was captained by a man whose experience aboard another whaling ship — sunk by a whale — was the inspiration for Melville’s Moby Dick.

To quote the immortal Hawkeye Pierce: “Melville wrote Moby Dick, but he never wrote back.”