Now I Lay Me Down To Eat by Bernard Rudofsky
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Garden City, New York. Anchor Press/Doubleday. 1980. First Edition. Softcover. Book condition: Fine. 191pp. (ill. in b/w).
Now I Lay Me Down to Eat is a commentary on the instability of the ideas and ideals that shape our way of life. Modest in size but broad in aim, this book examines five basic functions - eating, sleeping, sitting, cleansing, and bathing - in the rearview mirror of humankind's accumulated knowledge. Taking its title from the table manners at the Last Supper, it inevitably leads to the Lord's endorsement of drinking wine and eating with one's fingers. It reveals the interplay of culture and custom in the development of baptismal and eucharistic symbolism and practice.