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  - Mary - Goodreads

I bought this book some time ago, after I read A Natural History of the Senses (which was AMAZING by the way). I started Deep Play, but rather quickly lost my thread of interest. I like to think of ... Read full review

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The noted poet/naturalist on the pleasures of "deep play"--things that absorb us so totally we forget everything else. 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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