Burning the Midnight Oil

Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey Into Day

By Phil Cousineau; Jeff Dowd (Foreword by)
(Viva Editions, Hardcover, 9781936740734, 322pp.)

Publication Date: December 2013

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In "Burning the Midnight Oil, " word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniac's unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to "The Song of Songs, " this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of the night. These "night thoughts" vividly illustrate Alfred North Whitehead's liberating description of "what we do without solitude" and also evoke Henry David Thoreau's reverie, "Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." These poetic ponderances sing of the falling darkness, revel in dream-time, convey the ache of melancholy, conspire against sleeplessness, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on love, and languorously greet the first rays of dawn. Notable night owls include Rabandranath Tagore, Mary Oliver, Manley Hopkins, Jorge Borges and William Blake.
Winner of the Independent Publisher Award Gold Medal in Inspirational/Spiritual.



About the Author
Phil Cousineau is a writer, teacher, editor, documentary filmmaker, travel leader and storyteller. An expert in mythology, travel and creativity, he has published more than 25 books, including the bestselling The Art of Pilgrimage and Stoking the Creative Fires. He has 15 documentary screenwriting credits to his name, including The Hero's Journey and the Academy Award-nominated Forever Activists. Currently, he is host of the national television series Global Spirit on Link TV and lives in San Francisco, California. Scott Chamberlin Hoyt is a filmmaker, photographer, painter, budding tea connoisseur and director of The Meaning of Tea project. His longtime interest in tea increased when he began studying various alternatives to orthodox modern medicine and learned that tea, and the enjoyment of tea, is one of the cornerstones of living life well. Scott lives in New York City and is on the board for Global Learning Across Borders, is a member of the Directors Circle for the American Botanical Council, and is President of the Tibetan Classics Translators Guild of New York.




NPR
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013

Saturday is the winter solstice � which means it will be the longest night of the year. For many artists and poets, that thought is far from depressing: instead, night's darkness is invigorating. Filmmaker Phil Cousineau has edited a new collection on the allure of the night, and Jeff Dowd � the inspiration for "The Dude" � wrote the foreword. More at NPR.org

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