Recommended Reading / 01.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Every Monday, words to start the week.


This week, via Slate: notes on the "loneliest whale in the world," who communicates at an exceptional frequency and is always, it seems, companionless. Since his calls were first detected in the early nineties, 52 Hertz, as the whale's known, has inspired songs, sculptures, tattoos, a Twitter feed.  Evidently, many relate to his solitary journey — after news of his existence went public, "letters came from the heartbroken and the deaf, from the lovelorn and the single; the once bitten, twice shy and the twice bitten, forever shy — people who identified with the whale or hurt for him, hurt for whatever set of feelings they'd projected onto him." Read more at Slate, and find the full story by Leslie Jamison at Atavist, here

Three more links, just because:
-Haiku, by chance.
-Michel Gondry's favorite films. (Groundhog Day makes the cut.)
-From The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik: "Walking for pleasure in cities is an occupation of the young. Only a very few older people of great vitality walk long in cities. What changes over time is not the city alone — some twenty something is even now walking ample and hilly Brooklyn, and writing it down. What changes is us. We start walking outdoors to randomize our experience of the city, and then life comes in to randomize us."

Photos by Max Wanger.

11 comments:

Camila Faria said...

This whale story is fascinating. And I'm saving Gondry's list to future reference. Such amazing movies!

Diana said...

^agree with camila. i think i will definitely have to check out the full story.

Sarah Noel said...

Ohhh, I loved, loved, loved that New Yorker article about the culture of walking! It was so interesting and I'm especially drawn to Walt Whitman these days being so near Clinton Hill. :)

Cheyenne Mojica said...

Always love what I'll find on your blog, just read the slate article on 52 and can't wait to see the documentary! Happy Belated Birthday as well :)

girlseeksplace said...

That Adam Gopnik quote is so smart. As someone who knows how to drive, but doesn't, I walk to get around. I see so much more that way. I still feel like life is passing me by, but I'm more observant when I'm paying attention to life.

burntfeather said...

The loneliest whale in the World, can we crowd fun him a companion?

Hena Tayeb said...

aww the lonely whale.. weird that I just heard of it.

Tiffany said...

This was an awesome piece of information - what a lovely social (?) Phenomenon

Anonymous said...

lonely whale! love that story.

Shoko said...

Sarah, yes! I'm sure walking has been a huge part of your first New York summer :)

Cheyenne, so excited for that!

Lauren said...

Love the new look!

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