Wild Nights: How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World

Marriott Conference Center A

Saturday, 3:00-3:45

Why is sleep frustrating for so many people? Why do we spend so much time and money managing and medicating it, and training ourselves and our children to do it correctly? In Wild Nights, Benjamin Reiss finds answers in sleep's hidden history--one that leads to our present, sleep-obsessed society, its tacitly accepted rules, and their troubling consequences.

Presenters

Benjamin Reiss

Benjamin Reiss is a professor of English at Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.). He lives in Atlanta, and is the author of The Showman and the Slave and Theaters of Madness. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship.

Introducer

Quinn Eastman

Quinn Eastman is a science writer at Emory University School of Medicine. He has studied DNA rearrangements in the immune system, and has reported from the field on wildfires in Southern California. Eastman is gathering material for a book on hypersomnia and related sleep disorders.