Whales have inspired writers from Melville to William Steig. Once you start thinking about whales, you find them (or echoes of them) everywhere. The theme of the Big Blue Whale struck us as both inevitable and irresistible. Exciting new work from Enrique Vila-Matas, Katie Chase, Martin Rejtman, and Tina Cane... to name just a few. We hope that you enjoy this issue and that in some way it grabs you, touches you, maybe even shakes you. What will you find in this issue of TLR? Everything you didn't know you should read. TLR: Read bravely. See the entire TOC at www.theliteraryreview.org/issue/big-blue-whale.