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Burning the Midnight Oil

Illuminating Words for the Long Night's Journey into Day

A Creativity Companion for Writers, Artists and Anyone Needing a Jolt of Inspiration

What mysteries might the night hold for you? Join Pico Iyer for his rapturous “Night Walk in Manila.” Listen with Flannery O’Connor, to her strange and compelling “The Night Cry of the Peacock.” Look through John Muir’s eyes at the unforgettable beauty of “Glaciers by Starlight.” Burning the Midnight Oil is an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers through the ages. As author and curator Phil Cousineau explains in the introduction to his nocturne, “There is a light that we can find only in the dark...that brings about new thoughts and ideas.”

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“Hop on the Night Express to our Soul, somewhere at the dark end of the station that leads...to the light of life—the secret source.”
—Jeff “The Dude” Dowd, real-life inspiration for The Big Lebowski

Praise for The Painted Word:
“A mystagogue, a carrytale and a thaumaturge, Cousineau makes us Argus-eyed to the ubuntu of the aprocryphal and Gemutlichkeit it provides, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you definitely need this book.” —Lemony Snicket

"Phil Cousineau’s new collection is cause for rejoicing. He leads us on the long night journey, holding brilliant candles, flashlights, lanterns, spotlights, all made of glorious words, to illumine the hours. Wherever the night carries us, through waking dreams, sweats, worries, or raging sleeplessness, Phil Cousineau’s elegant new work provides troubadour songs, thoughtful conversation, and sweet companionship to help us not only make it through the night but to find within its darkness a profound, dazzling beauty."

--Peggy Rubin, author of To Be and How To Be: Transforming Your Life Through the Powers of Sacred Theatre



Phil Cousineau

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 cowriter of the much-acclaimed television series “Global Spirit,” which plays nationwide on PBS, and worldwide at www.globalspirittv.com. Global Spirit offers insights into some of humankind’s deepest eternal questions, tracing our collective journey in the timeless quest for truth, wisdom and understanding. Each program highlights the trans-cultural, transcendent dimensions of human inquiry, from the ancient or indigenous wisdom traditions to the latest advances in science. Global Spirit offers a glimmer of what's possible. 

He lives with his family in the land of nighthawks, North Beach, San Francisco. For more information about Cousineau’s books, films, lectures, workshops, writing consultations, and art and literary tours, visit www.philcousineau.net.


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