Monday, May 26, 2014


"The fixity of sea and sky is a supreme deception. Over it lies what Herman Melville called the ocean's skin—a permeable membrane, one-sixteenth of a millimetre thick, fertile with particles and micro-organisms and contaminants; a fantastically fragile yet vast division. The horizon is only an invention of our eyes and brains as we seek to make sense of that immensity and locate our selves within it. The sea solicits such illusion. It takes its colour from the clouds, becomes a sky fallen to the earth; it only suggests what it might or might not contain. Little wonder that people once thought the sun sank into the sea, just as the moon rose out of it." 

 —page 17, The Sea Inside by Philip Hoare.

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