A Walk With Ishmael in That Island City
October 18, 2001
By A. O. SCOTT
Following Ishmael through the streets of his New York in
"Moby-Dick" - which was published 150 years ago today - you
feel a miraculous harpoon-stab of connection.
Copyright 2001 The New York Times Company
I've floated on an icecap with a white polar bear
I've been up and down the golden stairs
I've seen whales caught in sails all twiskeetwee
But me? I don't say much
--Laurie Anderson, "This Island Where I come From"
(_Life On A String_, Nonesuch Records, c2001)