Goedemiddag, as we say here in the Netherlands.
I’m very pleased to have been invited to become a patron of the Outdoor Swimming Society. They seek to keep outdoor swimming wild and free, share its joy and adventure, and believe in the right for clean water and open access.
So, some aquatic themes for your enjoyment amongst the links today.
Here’s what I’d like to share with you this time:
A ‘You’ve Been Framed’-style Swimming ‘fail’ that made me wince and laugh (but mostly laugh), lest you feel that the rest of this week’s links are a tad gentle, cerebral, or light on laughs.
I appreciate Adventure Films that go beyond adrenaline: Here a young-ish woman (her words!) has fallen out of love with her own body. Committed to making a change she sets herself the simple goal of swimming in open water at least once a month for a year.
(A half-plug also, for Waterlog – a short film I made, and the fab book that inspired it.)
A Newsletter I Enjoy: the gentle musings of Caught by the River will appeal to those who like wild swimming (and rivers / nature in general).
An Essay by Cult Hero / Massive Brainbox Robert Macfarlane on the power of extraordinary place-writing to change the ways we see, feel and act.
A Slim but Powerful Novel about Water: If you like your kayaking books with maps, mileage, and kit lists, Cove may not be for you. This novel “powerfully explores disorientation, survival – and love” (Guardian review), and it gave me new ideas about adventure and travel writing.