Marginalia, no.254

Certain whaling captains may be able to deduct expenses paid in 2011 for Native Alaskan subsistence bowhead whale hunting activities.

~ Internal Revenue Service, Schedule A Instructions (2011)

We glimpse Ahab in the afterlife: an indigestible Jonah damned to inhabit an obscure deduction in the bowels of the Leviathanic federal tax code. “The lightning flashes through my skull; mine eye-balls ache and ache; my whole beaten brain seems as beheaded, and rolling on some stunning ground.” Ahab, brother, I feel thee now! All the subtle demonisms of Form 1040 be cursed!


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