When I began training seriously as a scuba diver, I started reading a series of reports on the deaths of American divers. The publication, Report on Diving Accidents and Fatalities, is published annually by the Divers Alert Network, a group of medical doctors associated with the recompression (hyperbaric) chamber facilities at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. The case histories in these reports, describing virtually every fatal dive accident involving a US diver in a given year, offer medical and technical information in the hope that future, potentially fatal, dive accidents might be avoided. In many cases, it is a small mistake in a stressful situation that leads to death.
Top Reads of 2019
Her Left Hand, The Darkness
Alison Smith on the week she spent with Ursula K. Le Guin.
Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova
This surreal tale from Haruki Murakami circles a Charlie Parker album that never existed. Translated from the Japanese by Philip Gabriel.
A monastic community persists after a ‘great chaos and collapse’ in this story by the 2018 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate, Olga Tokarczuk. Translated from the Polish by Jennifer Croft
Two poems from Rebecca Tamás’ collection WITCH.
On High Heels and Lotus Feet
Summer Brennan on high heels, foot-binding, and our ongoing performances of gender.