From the editors of Penguin Books and Penguin Classics

“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of storm.

Come see the north wind’s masonry.
Out of an unseen quarry evermore
Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer
Curves his white bastions with projected roof
Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.
Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work
So fanciful, so savage, nought cares he
For number or proportion. Mockingly,
On coop or kennel he hangs Parian wreaths;
A swan-like form invests the hidden thorn;
Fills up the farmer’s lane from wall to wall,
Maugre the farmer’s sighs; and, at the gate,
A tapering turret overtops the work.
And when his hours are numbered, and the world
Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,
Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art
To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone,
Built in an age, the mad wind’s night-work,
The frolic architecture of the snow.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Snow-Storm”

Nowhere does Emerson mention Nemo. That would be more up the alley of Homer’s Odyssey. As in, when Polyphemus the Cyclops asks Odysseus his name, and he tricks him by saying “Nobody—that’s my name. Nobody—so my mother and father call me, all my friends.” In Latin translation, Nobody=Nemo.

All of which is to say: Hello, unprecedented winter storm/apocalyptic blizzard Nemo, which bears down upon us and threatens to keep us holed up in the Penguin offices this afternoon. Our name is, uh, also Nemo. Please don’t hurt us, ya Cyclops.

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