Watson and the Shark, by John Singleton Copley, 1778. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.
Volume VI, Number 3 | summer 2013
“If ever a loss at sea fell under the definition, in the terms of a bill of lading, of Act of God,” Joseph Conrad wrote, “this one does, in its magnitude, suddenness, and severity; and in the chastening influence it should have on the self-confidence of mankind.” The sentence ends the first paragraph of his 1912 essay “Some Reflections on the Loss of the Titanic.”
The snotgreen sea. The scrotumtightening sea.—James Joyce, 1922