Sleep’s Hidden Histories |

Sleep’s Hidden Histories |.

Benjamin Reiss on The Slumbering Masses : Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life and24/7 : Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep andDangerously Sleepy : Overworked Americans and the Cult of Manly Wakefulness

Sleep’s Hidden Histories

February 15th, 2014RESET+

EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT couldn’t have a history now has one. Foucault had something to do with this, with his histories of madness and sexuality; and de Certeau — the other Michel — gave verve to the historical activities of wandering around, cooking, and various other non-epic feats. Since the age of the Michels, we’ve had histories of conversation, boredom, shit, death, breasts, penises, tasting, happiness, smiling, laughing, celibacy, masturbation, taking out the trash, obsession, collective joy, and sadness. (The editor of this publication has offered his own entries on crying and slacking.) Things that we do or experience in private, things we might expect to read about in novels or talk about in therapy, have now generated a hidden-histories boomlet. The best of these works not only make the familiar strange, but they make us think differently about history and its intimate relation to our own lives.

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