The Art of Lying Down (Hardcover)
A Guide to Horizontal Living
Melville House Publishing, 9781612193090, 167pp.
Publication Date: November 19, 2013
--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.
About the Author
Lori Lantz has translated Bernd Brunner's "Bears: A Brief History" and Julia Voss's "Darwin's Pictures: Views of Evolutionary Theory, 1837-1874."
Praise For The Art of Lying Down: A Guide to Horizontal Living…
Praise for Bernd Brunner
“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
Praise for Moon: A Brief History
“[An] elegant cultural history . . . Brunner ably dispatches recent science . . . and takes us on a lively tour of lunar folklore and speculative fiction.”
—The New Yorker
“In [Moon], we are plunged immediately into a fascinating tour of the moon in ancient cultures . . . Well written . . . Full of fascinating bits.”
—The Washington Post
“Perky cultural history.”
Praise for Bears: A Brief History
“[A] little gem.”
—The New York Times
“Packed with intriguing facts and miscellany.”
—The Washington Post
“A fascinating exploration of how many cultures see bears as almost human.”
—The Philadelphia Inquirer