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Thoughts on exile and maritime writing

Thoughts on exile and maritime writing

Calling a spade a spade is not exactly the style of writing that would earn one plenty of fans. Indeed, Marine Café Blog has elicited some harsh reactions over the last seven years. Some of the harshest have come from Filipino readers, which makes me feel like an exile in my own country – like the Buddhist priest depicted in Tsukioka Yoshitoshi‘s 1882 woodblock print “Nichiren in Exile at Sado” (shown above). (more…)

6 far-out maritime wishes for 2016

6 far-out maritime wishes for 2016

“It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive,” wrote 19th-century English novelist George Eliot. “There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.” And hunger we will — even if it means being the odd man out. Here are our six maritime wishes for the year 2016: (more…)