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Monday, March 27, 2017
The Joys of Insomnia
Insomnia can be a joy, maybe not as great a pleasure as
sleep, but at the very least a learning experience, providing you embrace it.
Many people fight insomnia, but the dreaded scourge of darkness can
easily become the thinking man’s NoDoz. Let insomnia work for you. First of all, what better way to improve your meditation practice than to count your breaths
through an insomniac night? And then there's your old friend visualization. Say
you've been taking tango classes with your wife. What better time to bone up
on your moves than when she's lying in bed and softly snoring by your side! Look at "tossing and turning" as a new class at the gym. If
you're studying a language, insomnia is a great time to go over your amo,
amas, amats. And then there's sex. It’s night. Somewhere in the big city,
another couple is having hot and heavy sex. While the fact that you’re not
could make you feel left out, you now have a perfect opportunity to indulge in a
bit of harmless, virtual reality adultery. “In a real dark night of the soul,
it is always three o’clock in the morning, day after day” is the famous
Fitzgerald quote. In fact, there’s no better time to enjoy illicit but safe sex
with yourself. True insomniacs know that one of the secret perks of the
ailment, is the voyeuristic enjoyment of other people’s romantic lives.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.