The Squid And The Male: Tales Of Obsession

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Twenty-foot walls of water, stomach-turning heaves, pbj sandwiches lost at sea. These are the trials and tribulations of one man´s quest to capture the Giant Squid, found off the shores of New Zealand.

WorldHum has just released an excerpt of David Grann´s new book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, a compilation of Grann´s travel essays. This particular excerpt is from a tale of Steve O´Shea, who continues to battle the seas, rain or storm, to capture this notoriously elusive creature. This is only one of 12 tales that are, in themselves, quests to understand the human condition of obsession. Other stories are about arsonists, murderous racists in prison, and con-artists — each one with its own insight into details of obsession.

Well, it captured my attention.

By Brit Weaver


About the Author

Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog,

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