In the years to come, the combination of climate change and population growth could have a devastating effect on the planet and, needless to say, on humanity.
In all natural disasters through time, man needs to attach meaning to tragedy, no matter how random and inexplicable the event is.
A survival tale peels away the niceties and comforts of civilization. Suddenly, all the technology and education in the world means nothing. I think all of us wonder while reading a survival tale, 'What would I have done in this situation? Would I have made it?'
For me, 'Moby-Dick' is more than the greatest American novel ever written; it is a metaphysical survival manual - the best guidebook there is for a literate man or woman facing an impenetrable unknown: the future of civilization in this storm-tossed 21st century.
As long as I can remember, I've been writing - first poems, then stories, and by my early teenage years I was also in love with sailing.
I follow the Patriots, but the Steelers were my first and true love. I still have a 'Terrible Towel.'
Instead of being a page-turner, 'Moby-Dick' is a repository of American history and culture and the essentials of Western literature. The book is so encyclopedic that space aliens could use it to re-create the whale fishery as it once existed on the planet Earth in the midst of the 19th century.
To my mind, an adventure is something a person willingly undertakes.
Whaling was the oil business of its day.
You cannot underestimate the influence of Shakespeare.
You know, if you're at home with children, you lose twenty-five IQ points.
I consider myself a writer who happens to write about history, rather than a historian. I was an English major in college. What I've learned about history is in the field, so to speak. Going into the archives and working with it directly.
Even though I hadn't read a word of it, I grew up hating 'Moby-Dick.'
The great lesson I get from 'Moby-Dick' is that when the times are bad, when there is great foreboding, there are still ways to go about living. It's through Ishmael that I find a kind of overall cosmic approach to a meaningful life in this meaningless world.
'Moby-Dick' has a remarkable way of resonating with whatever is going on in the world at that particular moment.
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