More than 35 passages from novelists, journalists, poets, playwrights, essayists, and scientists detail an intertwined passion for diving and the written word in this collection. From Robert Stone’s portrayal of a diver who faces the terrorizing prospect of his air running out to Clare Booth Luce's search for the treasures of the underwater realm, every passage reveals a perspective of the world that only divers have known. Humor columnist Dave Barry battles a lobster and explains why staying on the ocean’s surface is like “going to the circus and staring at the outside of a tent.” From Rangiroa to the Red Sea, from deep within caverns to the eerie light under ice, from the lethal silliness of nitrogen narcosis to the elation of soaring over unfathomable depths, every selection, like every dive, is a unique experience.
Divers often struggle to put their experiences into words, but here are the voices of well-known writers who have ventured into the underwater world. They turn diving into a journey of the mind and spirit.--Jean-Michel Cousteau
Magazine Rodales Scuba Diving
Down Time is by far the best literary collection about scuba diving that we've ever seen. Covers all the bases.
To halt and hang attached to nothing, no lines or air pipe to the surface, was a dream. . . . From this day forward we would swim across miles of country no man had known, free and level, with our flesh feeling what the fish scales know.
I experimented with all possible maneuvers of the aqualung—loops, somersaults, and barrel rolls. I stood upside down on one finger and burst out laughing, a shrill distorted laugh. Nothing I did altered the automatic rhythm of air. Delivered from gravity and buoyancy I flew around in space."
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Title: Down Time: Great Writers on Diving
Author: Ed Kittrell
Publisher: Look Away Books
Date Published: April 2001
(Australia) Scuba Diver MagazineThis is real life experiences and observations by writers who know how to string two words together. A truly remarkable book (that) will no doubt remain a major work in the library of the oceans.
About.comAn eclectic, inspiring collection.providing insight to the underwater world and putting into words the wonderful experience of scuba diving. A refreshing approach indeed.
Aqua MagazineNot only are the authors mindful of the ocean's awesome power, but their voices also ring true with perspectives that come only from having been `down there.' This singular anthology (is) a thorough take on the diver's world.
Deeper Blue (London)As I turned every page I could feel the underwater world come alive. This is a must-buy for any diver or an excellent present for someone who isn't, and should be.
DIVE Magazine (UK)There is an overwhelming sense of the sensual and intellectual joys of breathing air underwater. This entertaining book is recommended to anyone who wants to see the world of diving rendered with elegance and originality.
Diver Magazine (UK)This collection can hardly fail to catch the imagination of any diver. It's full of good writing and, as on an absorbing drift dive, you'll find you've been swept through to the end before you know it.
Jean-Michel CousteauWith Down Time, the Kittrells have achieved something big and wonderful. Divers often struggle to put their experiences into words, but here are the voices of well-known writers who have ventured into the underwater world. They turn diving into a journey of the mind and spirit. Jean-Michel Cousteau
Magazine Dive New ZealandAn absolutely fascinating collection of diving stories. This book is ideal for new and old divers alike.
Magazine Rodales Scuba DivingDown Time is by far the best literary collection about scuba diving that we've ever seen. Covers all the bases.
Ocean Realm magazineDown Time offers a wealth of viewpoints and voices, all centering on the experience of being `down there.' Ocean Realm magazine
Onscuba.comWe highly recommend this book to our readers and suggest you buy a copy for your dive buddy as well.
Sport Diver MagazineMix the metaphors of a dozen or more great writers with the keen observations of underwater pioneers. and you've got (this) sensational collection. Will surely satisfy every diver's urge to express the beauty of our water world.
Stan WatermanI found Down Time entertaining, educational (even for this veteran diver) and preeminently worthwhile for the discerning selection of its contributors. It is a bedside table book to browse and enjoy.
—Stan Waterman, underwater photographer and author
Undercurrent MagazineDown Time is an anthology of diving adventures, meditations, and yarns by the best writers around. Thrilling, funny, and original, this is terrific writing.
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