These days, electric lights are everywhere. Even if your house is dark, cities collectively give off so much light that it’s hard to see anything but the brightest stars. If you live somewhere that’s even slightly rural, the difference can be staggering.

The deafening sounds of crickets, insects, or frogs, the way the darkness closes in. And if you live at the edge of the forest, with no other houses around? I don’t think you’d be able to keep from thinking about what lives within the spaces between the trees.

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