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

DEEP PLAY

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

Contents

Chapter One Deep Play
27
Chapter Three Sacred Places
49
Chapter Four Into the Death Zone
81
Chapter Five The Gospel According
103
Chapter Six Creating Minds
121
Chapter Seven Ceremonies of Innocence
143
Chapter Eight The Healing Power
155
Chapter Nine Deep Space in Color
173
Chapter Ten The Night of the Comet
189
Selected Bibliography and Notes
215
Index
225
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Diane Ackerman lives in upstate New York.


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