Graham Burnett wrote a very big book about whales

My friend Graham has written an 800-page book for the University of Chicago Press about the history of whales, whaling, and whale science.  It sounds kind of amazing:  lots of politics, lots of bizarre anecdote, lots of footnotes, lots of smelly tissue and secretions.  Here’s the NYTimes review.  Graham also edits the always-interesting culture/science/deepthought/art magazine Cabinet.

Seems a good time to say again what I said about Dan Sharfstein’s The Invisible Line:   “This why we have books and not just blogs; this is why we have historians and not just editorialists.”

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