"Darkness is among the many things we have lost gradually, without mourning. Paul Bogard offers a brilliantly illuminating history and a badly needed reminder that we have been blind to the death of night."--Bill Streever, author of Cold and Heat In The end of night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light (available July 9), Paul Bogard implores us to open our eyes to the night. We all need darkness--for our physical, mental and spiritual health, and for the health of the ecosystems on which we all depend. We are wasting money, energy, and endangering ourselves by using too much artificial light. With the loss of a truly starry night we lose so much--inspiration, beauty, the chance to experience firsthand the universe around us. As darkness continues to erode, our lives are affected in all sorts of ways. Sleep disorders, cancer, diabetes, and many other diseases are linked to exposure to light at night. Bright nights disorient critical species like bats and moths, disrupting the delicate balance of nature. Bogard delves into urban planning and the differences between beautiful and ugly lighting, as well as why a darker environment can actually be safer. But beyond all of the physical and concrete reasons to value the darkness, Bogard highlights the value of metaphorical and spiritual darkness. The end of night takes readers on a deeply panoramic tour, from Las Vegas’s Luxor Beam, the brightest single spot on the planet, to desert nights so starlit the sky looks like snow—to find the night where it lives, blending personal narrative, health, science, and lore to shed light on darkness.
---- Paul Bogard teaches creative nonfiction at James Madison University. He is the editor of the anthology Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark.
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About the book: A starry night is one of nature's most magical wonders. Yet in our artificially lit world, three-quarters of Americans' eyes never switch to night vision and most of us no longer experience true darkness. In The End of Night, Paul Bogard restores our awareness of the dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art. Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, and science to shed light on the importance of darkness and the ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.
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Paul Bogard speaks about and signs his book Let There Be Night - with slideshow!
The development of the modern world has brought with it rampant light pollution, destroying the ancient mystery of night and exacting a terrible price--wasted energy, damage to human health, and the sometimes fatal interruption of the life patterns of many species of wildlife. In Let There Be Night, twenty-nine writers, scientists, poets, and scholars share their personal experiences of night and help us to understand what we miss when dark skies and nocturnal wildness vanish. They also propose ways by which we might restore the beneficence of true night skies to our cities and our culture. Let There Be Night is an engaging examination, both intimate and enlightening, of a precious aspect of the natural world. The diverse voices and perceptions gathered here provide a statement of hope that he ancient magic of night can be returned to our lives. Paul will speak at Bookworks and have a special visual presentation about how light pollution affects our lives. (booksense)… (more)