The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light
September 7, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Paul Bogard, Author and Assistant Professor of English at James Madison University
Saturday, September 7, 2013, 3:00 pm in the Yurt
Book description: A deeply panoramic tour of the night, from its brightest spots to the darkest skies we have left.
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 spectacularly primal, wildly dark night sky and how it has influenced the human experience across everything from science to art.
From Las Vegas’ Luxor Beam–the brightest single spot on this planet–to nights so starlit the sky looks like snow, Bogard blends personal narrative, natural history, science, and history to shed light on the importance of darkness–what we’ve lost, what we still have, and what we might regain–and the simple ways we can reduce the brightness of our nights tonight.
Paul Bogard is the author of The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, published by Little, Brown. He is editor of the anthology Let There Be Night: Testimony on Behalf of the Dark. A native Minnesotan, Paul grew up watching the stars and moon from a lake in the northern part of the state. He has lived and taught in New Mexico, Nevada, Wisconsin, and North Carolina, and is now assistant professor of English at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.