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Awake!: A Reader for the Sleepless

3.55 of 5 stars 3.55  ·  rating details  ·  20 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Millions can’t sleep; millions more sleep with those who can’t sleep. This collection is ideal for both the casual light sleeper and the dedicated insomniac (as well as their bedmates), delighting and distracting night owls with irresistible fiction, articles, blogs, art, photographs, comics, and more. Previously unpublished stories by Aimee Bender and Arthur Bradford; pit ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 28th 2007 by Soft Skull Press
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Feb 01, 2009 Melanie marked it as to-read
At night I am an daytime I want to sleep and dream.
Maybe if I read this book at daytime I get tired so I can sleep at night.
Steven Brykman
I especially love the Sleep Study story! Hilarious!!
Steven Beeber
Nov 17, 2014 Steven Beeber added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Check out the following article in Salon, which refers to AWAKE contributor Roger Ekirch's groundbreaking research into sleep habits before the 20th century. As Ekirch discusses at length in AWAKE, people generally slept in two four-hour shifts, interrupted by a two-hour period of wakefulness. The period of wakefulness was called "The Watch" and was spent either praying, making love or visiting neighbors.
Jayme Allen
Definitely not a sleeping-aid, this anthology captures the raw, jarring atmosphere of a night awake. The variety of the entries, ranging from fiction, to essays, to cartoons, to pictorials, is a boon for the scattered mind of the insomniac. Some subject matter may be a little abstract for the same, however.
An eclectic free-wheeling trip through the endless confusion, compulsions and complexes that those of us who find ourselves counting ceiling tiles late at night know all too well.
Collection of poems and short stories. True stories about people living with insomnia. Abstract and amusing.
I'd just like to iterate what a genius Aimee Bender is.
Great theme and writing!
Mostly a snooze. A couple standout pieces, but full of boring rants about how writers can't sleep. I already knew that. And some godawful poetry that I might have secretly written myself in seventh grade.
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