Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living

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

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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.

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Author Bernd Brunner / Lori Lantz (Translator)
Publisher Melville House
Page Count 176pp
Publication Size 5 x 7.5 x 1
Publication Notes hardcover
Publication Date November 19, 2013
ISBN 978-1612193090

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