Island Night: A nocturnal group walk, with philosophic dialogue, poetic meditation

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



  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of this. I had no idea it was a “thing”….I used to live on Block Island and one of my fondest memories was of a summer night when for some reason, I found myself in the company of a delightful young woman, probably met at one of the island bars or something, and we just started walking along the beach, just walking and talking, and before we knew it we realized we had covered almost an entire round trip of the tiny islands roadways and were back on the eastern side of the island watching the sunrise. Must have spent a good 5-6 hours just walking beneath the stars talking about who knows what…..No idea who or where she is now, but on the wildly improbable chance you’re reading this, I had a wonderful night with you.

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