Friday, November 30, 2007

A Literary Moment

"Round the world! There is much in that sound to inspire proud feelings; but whereto does all the circumnavigation conduct? Only through numberless perils to the very point whence we started, where those that we left secure, were all the time before us.

Were this world an endless plain, and by sailing eastward we could forever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there was promise in the voyage. But in pursuit of those mysteries we dream of, or in tormented chase of that demon phantom that, some time or another, swims before all human hearts; while chasing such over his round globe, they either lead us on in barren mazes or midway leave us whelmed."

-- Herman Melville, MOBY DICK

I wonder how many Russian girls Melville had to sleep with before he realized that was true. . .

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