Logophile extraordinaire Phil Cousineau, author of Wordcatcher and The Painted Word, has gathered an eclectic and dynamic collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers through the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or ancient tales, Cousineau’s insightful anthology will soothe and inspire all who struggle through the dark of the night. The night-writers in this vesperal collection include saints, poets, shamans, artists, astronomers and others such as St. John of the Cross, Annie Dillard, Beethoven, Rabandranath Tagore, Mary Oliver, Jorge Borges, William Blake, Antler, Miles Davis, Li Po, Mahatma Gandhi, Leonardo da Vinci, Sharon Olds, and Edgar Allan Poe to name a few.
“So in a world where so many of us feel we have to wear masks all day at work or in our relationships to survive, even the ramblings and protestations of the stoner Dude may help us throw off those masks and bring us back a bit to who we really are, who we really want to be, and open up the mysterious grandeur of our imagination.”
—Jeff Dowd, from the Foreword
Phil Cousineau is a freelance writer, filmmaker, photographer, art and literary tour leader, creativity consultant, flâneur, and nyctophiliac, a lifelong lover of the night. Cousineau has published over thirty books, which have been translated into numerous languages; earned twenty-five documentary film writing credits; and contributed to 50 other books. His previous books include Wordcatcher, which was named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by NPR, and The Painted Word. Currently, he is the host and co-writer of the much-acclaimed television series “Global Spirit,” which plays nationwide on PBS, and worldwide at www.globalspirittv.com.
Jeff "The Dude" Dowd (foreward), the inspiration for Jeff Bridges’s character in The Big Lebowski, is an American film producer and political activist best known as a member of the "Seattle Seven," who went to jail (briefly, for contempt of court) following a violent protest against the Vietnam war.
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Mechanics' Institute Library & Chess Room
The Mechanics' Institute Library and Chess Room is an historic membership library, cultural event center, and chess club located in the Financial District of San Francisco, California at 57 Post Street. Founded in 1854 to serve the vocational needs of out-of-work gold miners, the Institute today is a favorite of avid readers, writers, downtown employees, students, film lovers, chess players, and the 21st century nomadic worker who needs a quiet place to plug in a laptop and do research.