It is about making it to 30, or maybe 50, without wanting to shoot yourself in the head. It is about simple awareness — awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, that we have to keep reminding ourselves, over and over: ‘This is water, this is water.’
(David Foster Wallace, Commenncement Address at Kenyon College, 2005)
Welcome to The Whale, an online community and literary blog dedicated to the encouragement of the creative spirit in the digital landscape. We publish fiction, poetry, translations, and essays. We also feature interviews with authors, poets established and rising, up-and-coming artists, booty-banging musicians, YouTube-famous weirdos, and other fascinating people.