Tag: Essex

How Did I Get Here?

I somehow stumbled into reading Edgar Allen Poe’s only novel, Narrative of A. Gordon Pym. If this it what any other novel he might have written would have been like, it’s good that there is only one. According to Wikipedia: The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket has defied a universally accepted interpretation. Scholar Scott Peeples wrote that it…

The Need to Share

I finished Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea. It was a fascinating read: rather straightforward, but dealing with a number of thorny issues, most glaringly, cannibalism, but it also brings up questions about sharing stories. The following excerpt is from chapter twelve, and it’s basically a synopsis of the book/ordeal, so please don’t read it if you don’t…