Posts Tagged: whales

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #73: Maggie Shipstead

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I first met Maggie Shipstead in 2011 when she was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She had not yet published her first novel, Seating Arrangements, which would later become a New York Times bestseller, but even then the magnitude of her ambition, shrewdness, and intellectual generosity was evident. After her first book debuted in […]

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The Loneliest Whale In The Ocean

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Somewhere in the Pacific ocean, a whale of unprecedented size is swimming around and calling out to other whales, with no response. This is the “52 Blue” whale, subject of worldwide devotion and fascination and a beautiful new essay on being alone from Leslie Jamison. You can (and should!) read an excerpt on Slate. One marine-mammal […]

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Women Who Run with the Wolves (and Pandas and Gorillas and Whales)

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It’s a trend you may never have noticed, but it exists: “women—attractive, single, childless women—have long been coupled with exotic animals. Gentle women and wild animals are linked in myth and fable, fashion photography and pornography, pulp art and fine art.” A spellbinding essay by Sasha Archibald for the New Inquiry looks at real-life woman–animal pairings and what […]

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Dan Weiss’s Morning Coffee

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The important questions: what can we learn about a whale from its earwax? Can we just talk about this US spy rocket logo for a second? In 1938, a scientist recorded the heartbeat of a man being executed. Medieval diseased bones now in 3D! Here are some beautiful old charts of mountains’ and rivers’ comparative […]

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