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a book, and vision, we love

Dan Beachy-Quick’s A Whaler’s Dictionary takes  Ishmael’s Cetological Dictionary in Moby-Dick as a starting point and then endlessly riffs on every whaling concept.

from Thought (Hunt), a reflection on the foreheads passage in chapter 79 of Moby-Dick:

The metaphor is telling in its effort at accuracy. The eyes are pools whose water is the seen world — the vaster one’s attention, the deeper the water. The eyes are the pools the antlered thoughts          drink in. The image makes a vast claim: that thoughts (note how the body of the deer is constructed by metonymy, as if the defining scope of the whole beast must be imagined in order to be seen) feed upon vision, thoughts slake their thirst in the perceptual.

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