Early in Moby-Dick, Herman Melville studies a dark, brooding painting, barely discernible in the dim light of a tavern. He describes the painting as being of the “black sea” and after careful interrogation comes to the conclusion that it depicts a whale impaling itself on the broken masts of a Cape-Horner.
Thus begins Kelly’s first blog for the Guardian‘s Australia Culture Blog. Read the full text here.
Image: Aurora Australis at ice edge; image via Australian Antarctic Division