In Bed with the Word

While reading is a deeply personal activity, paradoxically, it is also fundamentally social and outward-looking. Daniel Coleman, a lifelong reader and professor of literature, combines story with meditation to reveal this paradox and illustrate why, more than ever, we need this special brand of "quiet time" in our lives. In Bed with the Word sparks with every conceivable enticement for those who worry about living in a culture of distraction and who long to reconnect with something deeper.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Ackowledgements 10
1 Reading & Longing 15
2 Reading as Counterculture 31
3 Posture 55
4 The Structure of Absence 77
5 Eating the Book 109
References 142
Index 146