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Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark Paperback – August 18, 2008
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“Let There Be Night celebrates the gifts of darkness and mourns the loss of dark skies to light pollution. These fine essays reopen us to the dark, where we learn courage and remember wonder.” --Stephen Trimble, author of The Sagebrush Ocean: A Natural History of the Great Basin
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"My daughter, Hannah Virginia, who recently turned three years old, is teaching me about the stars," begins Michael Branch. Every night before bed, the determined three-year old takes her father's hand and insists he take her out to look at the sky. With this nightly ritual, Branch discovers the wonder of stars through a child's eyes and the "brilliant, open secret that if you don't go outside and look up, you won't see anything." His is just one gem in the stunning new collection, Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark, edited by Paul Bogard.
Bogard's inspiration for the book stemmed from deep impressions made by star-studded skies he saw every summer as a child in northern Minnesota coupled with troubling awareness that 80 percent of people now living in North America and Western Europe no longer experience "real night," owing to light pollution. In a short period, the profound and timeless human experience of looking up to find the Milky Way arcing overhead has been vastly diminished. It is this loss that Bogard invites a diverse and talented set of writers, scientists, scholars, and poets to consider.
Through its twenty-nine essays, Let There Be Night takes readers on a wide-ranging and personal journey that includes constellations and galaxies but also death, dawn, myth, moths, sea turtles, soul searches, fireflies, and old-time fire rituals. Many essays explore the meaning, sacredness, and beauty of night.Read more ›
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Return to the hidden part of our "24Hours". Our dreams, fears, reactions to the beauty of night and its splendor. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Cindy B
Bogard makes a great case for dimming down the world, not only for our benefit, but for the benefit of the rest of the world. What are we so afraid of anyway?Published on June 20, 2014 by Sharon Klemm
Neon lights, florescent lights, all electric lights, all of these are great, but they spell the end of one thing - the truly dark night sky. Read morePublished on March 14, 2009 by Midwest Book Review