BERND BRUNNER | The Art of Lying Down. A guide to horizontal living
Un compendio sobre el arte de estar tumbado, algo mucho más complejo de lo que crees.
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.
Bernd Brunner is the author of Inventing the Christmas Tree, Moon: A Brief History, Bears: A Brief History, and The Ocean at Home: An Illustrated History of the Aquarium. His essay “The Wild Dogs of Istanbul” was selected for The Best American Travel Writing 2013. He lives in Istanbul, where he is at work on a novel set in Turkey. Visit him at www.berndbrunner.com.