a relatively shallow depth of ocean, our real knowledge of what goes on down
below—and of what kind of creatures inhabit the midnight waterscape—is as
primitive as our knowledge of conditions on Mercury. This fascinating
volume focuses on one inhabitant of that realm, the lordly giant squid, long
the subject of lore and legend.
Our planet's oceans are the original font of mysteries, one of which is the origin and lifespan of monster waves some one-hundred-feet high. Susan Casey's dual focus blends the science of such anomalies with a Tom Wolfean examination of the madmen who would surf these enormous mountains of water.
May 25: On this day in 1938 Raymond Carver was born. Carver's poem "Luck," about a nine-year-old who wakes to an empty house and the leftovers of his parents' party, is all too autobiographical: "What luck, I thought. / Years later,…