That’s what he said. I am off my rocker right now. I received word today from none other than Ben Loory. If you don’t know who Ben Loory is, you better ask somebody. First and foremost, he’s a hell of a cool guy. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him a few times, and even worked alongside him once (at a Pravic event with David Gill, if you remember).
In writerly terms, Ben Loory is a keen fiction and screen writer on the American literary scene, having appeared in The New Yorker, as well as on multiple episodes of This American Life. His enchanting book of fables, Stories For Nighttime And Some For The Day contains many animal characters, just like Cetus Finalis. It garnered wide critical acclaim, and his next collection is due out from Penguin in 2017.
I sent Mr. Loory (rhymes with story) a copy of Cetus Finalis, hoping against hope for a reply, or that he may even read it. I mean, he’s a busy man, and we haven’t hung out a lot. And, well, today he knocked me off of my rocker. Not only did he write back, he described Cetus Finalis as “Watership Down for whales.” What a sweet thing to say.
Of course, acting in my capacity as a shameless self-promoter, I immediately asked him if I could plaster that statement across the internet and the universe for all to see, he replied, “Sure! You can do that.”
What a guy.
So, you heard it here first: None other than the illustrious Ben Loory has described Cetus Finalis as “Watership Down for whales.” Get yourself a copy and see what the hubbub is about!