Deep Play

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 1, 2011 - Philosophy - 256 pages
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With A Natural History of the Senses, Diane Ackerman let her free-ranging intellect loose on the natural world.  Now in Deep Play she tackles the realm of creativity, by exploring one of the most essential aspects of our characters: the abitlity to play.

"Deep play" is that more intensified form of play that puts us in a rapturous mood and awakens the most creative, sentient, and joyful aspects of our inner selves.  As Ackerman ranges over a panoply of artistic, spiritual, and athletic activities, from spiritual rapture through extreme sports, we gain a greater sense of what it means to be "in the moment" and totally, transcendentally human.  Keenly perceived and written with poetic exuberance, Deep Play enlightens us by revealing the manifold ways we can enhance our lives.

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User Review  - Sovranty - LibraryThing

If you're reading for the pretty words and lyrical descriptions, this is the book for you. If you were wanting to gain insight on the psychological aspect of play, as it relates to humans and animals ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Explorations into the world of deep play—untethered, exalted states of immersion and transcendence—from the ever-dulcet Ackerman (A Slender Thread: The Changing Seasons of a Naturalist and Crisis ... Read full review


Chapter One Deep Play
Chapter Three Sacred Places
Chapter Four Into the Death Zone
Chapter Five The Gospel According
Chapter Six Creating Minds
Chapter Seven Ceremonies of Innocence
Chapter Eight The Healing Power
Chapter Nine Deep Space in Color
Chapter Ten The Night of the Comet
Selected Bibliography and Notes

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Diane Ackerman lives in upstate New York.

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