Proof: 1. Matt Kish and his Zak Smithesque project to draw a picture for every page of Moby-Dick. 2. The Whale by Philip Hoare 3. The poem in this weeks New Yorker by Robert Pinsky: “Whale” 4. Bands naming themselves after Melville’s masterpiece. Will Tilikum going on a murder spree have any effect on this trend? I’m not sure.