Why I Read Moby Dick

I’m on a pilgrimage in Cape Cod Massachusetts – Falmouth, New Bedford, Nantucket—and I’m reading Moby Dick again. It’s the 5th time. Every couple of years I read it and now I’m trying to articulate why. This time I traveled 3,000 miles across the U.S. to steep myself in the waters and sea air where Moby Dick begins, to immerse myself into the historical context of the whaling industry. Why do I read Moby Dick? I bought my Penguin classic paperback copy of Moby Dick in 1992, y