Desperate Passage by Michael Finkel - Down in the hold, beneath the deck boards, where we were denied most of the sun’s light but none of its fire, it sometimes seemed as if there were nothing but eyes…
Shipping Out by David Foster Wallace - “On the (nearly lethal) comforts of a luxury cruise”
Holy Water by Bucky McMahon - For fifty years, with cannons, Hellfire missiles, and napalm, the U. S. Navy has bombed the daylights out of Vieques, P. R., whose best-kept secret remains a bay that glows in the dark.
Plastic Ocean by Susan Casey - A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse.
The Shipbreakers by William Langewiesche - On a six-mile stretch of oily, smoky beach, 40,000 men tear apart half of the world’s discarded ships, each one a sump of toxic waste.
Adrift by Bucky McMahon - One man. One modest raft. One big freakin’ ocean. So bring on the waves, the sharks, the tankers—they’re nothing compared with the mind-bending solitude.
Everest at the Bottom of the Sea by Bucky McMahon - When the ocean liner Andrea Doria sank south of Cape Cod, she took fifty-one with her. Since then she’s taken twelve more, five in the last two summers alone…
Here Be Monsters by Michael Finkel - They did it for the simplest of reasons: adventure. Three friends, on a drunken dare, set out in a dinghy for a nearby island. But when the gas ran out and they drifted into barren waters, their biggest threat wasn’t the water or the ocean—it was each other.