The Spill and Melville


“But much like the modern petroleum industry — which began in the late 1850s, making it only slightly younger than Melville’s novel — whaling quickly came up against the limits of its resources.”

The spill in the Gulf, the here and now, is played against the backdrop of Melville’s Moby Dick, the there and then, in Randy Kennedy’s fascinating New York Times piece, “The Ahab Parrallax: Moby Dick and the Spill.”

Zach Koehn is a student in the bay area studying Eastern and Western Philosophy as well as poetry and prose literature. When not studying, he reads for fun and draws bad charcoal drawings and drives up and down highway one and the one'o'one. He hopes one day to find inspiration in everything, and realizes such an earnest statement to be cliche but he'll just keep driving anyway. More from this author →