September Random CAT - Equinox
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Definition from Wikipedia; An equinox is commonly regarded as the instant of time when the plane (extended indefinitely in all directions) of Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun. This occurs twice each year: around 20 March and 23 September. In other words, it is the moment at which the center of the visible Sun is directly above the Equator.
This month our Random CAT is Equinox, read a book that is about Light and Dark, night or day, fall and spring. You could read non-fiction or fiction for this. Fantasy or reality. It really is open. You could even read about a Chevy Equinox if you want. It really is quite open. No summer or winter allowed. Covers with moon and sun are options, too.
I am looking forward to all your ideas and suggestions.
Days by Moonlight by Andre Alexis
Moonlight over Paris by Jennifer Robson
Night School by Lee Child
And one that has been sitting around for ages Miss O'Dell: My Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and the Women They Loved by Chris O'Dell
The last one deserves a prize for the length of the title, which is what has always put me off reading it.
The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light / Paul Bogard
ETA: Both light AND dark (and, of course, night.)
I have Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss that I have been wanting to read. It's not about either of our two seasons but it has "light" in the title. I also have Dark Star by Alan Furst. Maybe that would be better.
If I hadn't already read A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, this would be the perfect opportunity.
. . . And pluck till time and times are done
The silver apples of the moon,
The golden apples of the sun.
My husband has been urging me to read Ray Bradbury—perfect timing!
The author of this book travels to various places around the world – some are the brightest places and some are the darkest places. He is trying to find the best ways to get back to some natural darkness, and not let light pollution take over our world.
There is a scale to measure darkness (from 1-9, 1 being the darkest), and I liked that he numbered his chapters in reverse, as he started at the brighter places (Las Vegas, brightest in the world! And Paris, City of Lights), and made his way to darker places, as he continued on. He not only discussed the light or darkness of each place, and of course, the resulting lack of stars that can be seen, he also talked about crime (some light helps, but more and more light doesn’t make a difference), and also the effect of perpetual light at night on humans’ health, not just due to sleepyness for those who work at night, but also cancer. Of course, there was discussion of other animals, as well, who rely on night and darkness.
I found this very interesting. I love looking at the stars and miss being in a rural area in order to actually see the stars (or more than the very few I can see in the city I now live in). I love to be out at my parents’ cabin in the summers when I visit, and I can see the Milky Way and pick out so many constellations when I’m out there.
I am a city girl who moved a few years ago to upstate New York, and I'm out in the country from the small city I live near. It took me several months to figure out why it was so dark at night, then finally one night the penny dropped. Lack of light pollution.
Sounds like a very interesting book.
>38 Kristelh: Sadly, if you are even close to a larger centre, the light pollution will reach you, and it just seems to be getting worse. :-(
It's so cold in winter, I so rarely go out at night. I do get home to my small hometown to visit at Christmas, but it's just too cold to spend time outside to really look at the sky. So, most of my stargazing is when I visit in the summers and we head out to the cabin and have a campfire. I don't have to walk far, as long as I face away from the fire, the sky viewing is pretty good!
Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
James plays the bagpipes, and he's extremely good at it. So good, in fact, that the special conservatory where he attends high school doesn't have an instructor good enough to teach him. But he didn't choose the Thornking-Ash School of Music to help his playing; he's there because of a girl. Because of course he is. And the two of them are mixed up with the Them, who chase teens with exceptional musical abilities. But James becomes more involved with the Fey than even he would have guessed at this new school, and becomes torn between his oldest friend/object of his unrequited interest, and his new and also very interesting friend, who happens to be a leanan sidhe. They're all in danger when they discover that the queen of Faerie is planning something big with the horned king of the dead, and James will have to make some tough decisions before it's all over.
I enjoyed this one a good deal, and it's a great follow-up to Lament. Stiefvater has fast become one of my favorites because she has that fabulous talent of blending the supernatural into the real world so effortlessly, and her love of myth and folklore shows, and I love her for that.
Days by Moonlight by André Alexis
Alfred Homer has been asked to accompany a family friend to search southern Ontario for a poet who has not been heard of for some time. They pass through towns with some bizarre customs. The result is a ribald, weird, darkly funny story of their travels. It's to be expected that an Ontarian odyssey featuring someone named Homer will form a highly imaginative work. Not only is Homer quirky but the people they meet are at the top end of the offbeat register.
"Days by Moonlight is not a work of realism. It's not a work that uses the imagination to show the real, but one that uses the real to show the imagination." -- André Alexis
A smile and a tear...what a beautiful way to create a memoir. Told in a series of vignettes this poet has shared poignant and ordinary moments from her life in a way that draws the reader in and doesn't let go. To say that her prose is lyrical is to state the obvious whenever a poet turns to prose. The stories of her life are interpreted with humor and a deep sense of reflection. Highly recommend this little gem.