The sea doesn’t care, it can give or take. Ports are places of grief. Sailors declined to learn to swim, since to be lost overboard-even within sight of the shore–and to fight the waves would only extend the agony. You can only ever be alone out there (34).
The terra incognita spaces on maps say that knowledge too is an island surrounded by oceans of the unknown but whether we are on land or water is another story (168).
The sea defines us, connects us, separates us. Most of us experience only its edges, our available wilderness on a crowded island– it’s why we call our coastal towns ‘resorts’, despite their air of decay. And although it seems constant, it is never the same. One day the shore will be swept clean, the next… Read More Hoare, Philip “The Sea Inside” (Melville House 2014)
It is the unaugmented body that is rare now, and that body has begun to atrophy as both a muscular and a sensory organism. In the century and a half since the railroad seemed to go too fast to be interesting, perceptions and expectations have sped up, so that many now identify with the speed… Read More Solnit, Rebecca “Wanderlust” (Penguin 2000)