My students and colleagues won’t be surprised to learn that I have a particular fondness for “The Advocate,” a not-entirely-tongue-in-cheek defense of “the business of whaling.” After all, it mentions both my alma mater and my present area of research and teaching. For further details, take a look at this post over at

“The Advocate” is read for us by James Woudhuysen. The evocative but untitled illustration is Anne Hamilton. Visit the “Big Reads” site to see a high resolution version.

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