Blue Notes, Part 1: Wet Globalization in Viral Times
May 10, 2020
In this post, Professor Steve Mentz (St John’s University in New York) explains how the historical model of “wet globalization” can inform our thinking about present concerns, and introduces his most recent book, Ocean (Object Lessons/Bloomsbury Press, 2020). This is the first entry in the Blue Notes series, edited by Aylin Malcolm. Read the series introduction here.
Several years ago, during another time of crisis, I woke in the middle of the night with an idea bursting my head. Trying not to wake my sleeping partner, I stumbled out of bed in search of light and a pencil. All I could make out of my scrawled notes the next day was a gnomic phrase that’s been re-ringing during these times of Covid-19: