per Boing Boing, By Xeni Jardin at 10:33 am Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012
Jon Cotner says, "Last weekend's New York Times discusses Island Night— my 12-hour nocturnal walk through Fire Island. These walks accommodate eight participants plus myself. They combine philosophic dialogue with poetic meditation, and go from 6 pm to 6 am. Ancient Greeks are heavily represented (Sappho, Pythagoras, Diogenes, Hippocrates). Asian poets too (Akahito, Basho, Issa). All my recent projects aim to revive the ancient, endangered practices of walking and talking."
There's another one coming up this weekend. Saturday, September 15, at 6pm; $20 per person This weekend's walk is sold out. Follow Jon on Twitter for news of the next one.
Photo: Marcus Yam for The New York Times
Part philosophic dialogue, part poetic reverie, part nature walk, Island Night is an extended meditation on the present – that fleeting moment occurring once-and-one-time-only in time’s vast history. Perceptions will grow sharper. Time will be slowed down. Together the group will form a nomadic society which values improvisation, storytelling, and silence. Island Night is a moveable feast that doesn’t exclude darkness. Rather, darkness is its starry medium.