Human bodies in deep water feel nature’s power and our own relative weakness. As seas rise, we should heed the swimmers.
Steve Mentz writes about the ocean, literary culture, the blue humanities, and the history of narrative forms. He teaches Shakespeare, the environmental humanities, and eco-theory at St. John’s University in New York City. His most recent books are Ocean (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) and Break Up the Anthropocene (University of Minnesota Press, 2019).