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Book Title: Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark|
The size of the: 924 KB
Edition: University of Nevada Press
Date of issue: August 18th 2008
The author of the book: Paul Bogard
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780874173284
Read full description of the books Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark:Overall, the essays collected here veer more toward the “how I feel about losing the night sky of my childhood” variety than suits me. That said, there are a number of well-written personal essays included that meld personal experience with “fact” in an interesting and thought-provoking way, and which I truly appreciate: Chet Raymo’s “Why the Night Sky is Dark,” Christopher Cokinos’s “ A Backyard History of Light,” Michael P. Branch’s “Ladder to the Pleiades,” Anne Matthews’s “The Sound of Falling Snow,” William L. Fox’s “Night in Mind,” Robin Wall Kimmerer’s “Nightfall,” and Christina Robertson’s “Circadian Heart.” As a whole, the collection emphatically communicates how imperative it is that we ameliorate light pollution and reclaim the dark skies of nighttime, both to protect and preserve an important human cultural experience (stargazing), as well as to disrupt as little as possible migratory bird behavior, astronomical activities, etc. As Chet Raymo succinctly states: “All this light directed upward has no utility on the ground; it provides no security or convenience for our nighttime activities.” We don’t need it, so lets dim the lights. In doing so, we may be able to, for example, bring the Pleiades and the Milky Way back into view. As Michael P. Branch so aptly notes in reference to the Seven Sisters, “Insofar as our visceral experience of them is concerned, these stars are critically endangered.”
Read information about the authorBorn and raised in Minnesota, I have lived in Minneapolis, Albuquerque, Reno, northern Wisconsin, Winston-Salem, and now Harrisonburg, Virginia. Ah, the academic life.
I have a wonderful dog named Luna, a Brittany who is nearly 15. Her favorite place to live was Reno. Dog heaven, she says.
Every summer, we leave wherever we are and drive to New Mexico and Nevada to see old friends and walk old walks. Then we head to northern Minnesota for a few weeks. My family has a cabin on a lake there, and so I grew up standing out on our dock, or lying back in a canoe, watching the Milky Way bend from one horizon to the other. That's probably where my book The End of Night was first inspired.
Pizza, the color green, autumn. Things I love.
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