Last read of the year...maybe a 3.5 but I rounded up because I think this book says something important, and I am not someone who typically is interes...moreLast read of the year...maybe a 3.5 but I rounded up because I think this book says something important, and I am not someone who typically is interested in saving the pristine outdoors. Paul Bogard goes in search of the darkest places in the United States (with a couple of forays to Europe) and finds evidence large and small of the impact of artificial light. The chapters are numbered backward from 9 to 1 to represent the Bortle Scale, which ranks the level of darkness. Most city dwellers live somewhere between 5 and 8. I've never seen a 1 and chances are, you haven't either.
Bogard is a good writer and he is at his best not when he aims to describe the night in poetic prose but when he shares the personalities behind the science: the people from all backgrounds who work to preserve dark skies. I also found the social science research interesting, particularly as it relates to night safety and to the health hazards of all-night light and shift work.
Small Minnesota College Alert--I realized partway through the book that the author went to Carleton and graduated the spring before I got to Northfield.