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The Art of Lying Down

A Guide to Horizontal Living
eBook

"A strange and dreamy voice . . . , like an Italo Calvino short story, curiously translated from some lost, obscure language."
--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

An utterly charming study of the history of lying down--which is more complicated than you might think

We spend a good third of our lives lying down: sleeping, dreaming, making love, thinking, reading, and getting well. Bernd Brunner's ode to lying down is a rich exploration of cultural history and an entertaining collection of tales, ranging from the history of the mattress to the "slow living movement" to Stone Age repose--when people did not sleep lying down--and beyond. He approaches the horizontal state from a number of directions, but never loses his keen sense for the odd or unusual detail.

Far from being a pose of passivity or laziness, lying down can be a protest, a chance to gather thoughts or change your point of view--the other side to our upright, productive lives. Brunner makes an eloquent case for the importance of lying down in a world that values ever-greater levels of activity, arguing that time spent horizontally offers rewards that we'd do well not
to ignore.

From the Hardcover edition.


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Publisher: Melville House

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  • Release date: December 3, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9781612193106
  • Release date: December 3, 2013

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  • ISBN: 9781612193106
  • File size: 3902 KB
  • Release date: December 3, 2013


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"A strange and dreamy voice . . . , like an Italo Calvino short story, curiously translated from some lost, obscure language."
--Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

An utterly charming study of the history of lying down--which is more complicated than you might think

We spend a good third of our lives lying down: sleeping, dreaming, making love, thinking, reading, and getting well. Bernd Brunner's ode to lying down is a rich exploration of cultural history and an entertaining collection of tales, ranging from the history of the mattress to the "slow living movement" to Stone Age repose--when people did not sleep lying down--and beyond. He approaches the horizontal state from a number of directions, but never loses his keen sense for the odd or unusual detail.

Far from being a pose of passivity or laziness, lying down can be a protest, a chance to gather thoughts or change your point of view--the other side to our upright, productive lives. Brunner makes an eloquent case for the importance of lying down in a world that values ever-greater levels of activity, arguing that time spent horizontally offers rewards that we'd do well not
to ignore.

From the Hardcover edition.


Expand title description text