Boring Books for Bedtime

Boring Books for Bedtime

Boring Books for Bedtime is a weekly bedtime story podcast for the sleepless, the stressed, the anxious, the insomniacs--anyone who struggles with the endless brain chatter that keeps us up at night. In each episode, we calmly, quietly read something that's rather boring. Think Galileo, Aristotle, Emerson, and whoever wrote the 1897 Sears Catalog. If you're on Team Sleepless, lie back, take a deep breath, and let us read you to rest.... Show More

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August 3, 2020 56 min

Rule over insomnia and go to sleep with the pithy prose of Machiavelli. But first, a long introduction to the twisted papal politics of 15th century Italy that spawned this influential book. Yawn!

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Steam away to dreamland with this travel guide to South America by explorer, archaeologist and record-setting mountaineer Annie S. Peck. If you ever wondered what to pack for a four-month trip south of the Equator, look no further.

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Let's relax to more from the not-at-all-exciting world of stuffing boxes and governor balls that make farm engines go. If 30 study questions for a steam engine operator test can't put you to sleep, nothing will.

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Let's return to the musings of Victorian classicist Benjamin Jowett, his analysis of Plato's Republic, and a lot of sleepy Socratic opinions about the inappropriateness of flutes.

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Tonight, we take another journey into a relaxing science classic, Principles of Geology. Let's erode away our stress, take a sleepy stroll through the halls of geological history, and ponder some rather odd theories about the formation of the land beneath our feet.

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Let Alexander Hamilton and his compatriots spark a revolution of sleep with arguments in favor of ratifying the US Constitution. If these words prove anything, it's that predicting what will become a Broadway hit is one of the great mysteries of our time.

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Let's cook up a recipe for relaxation with De Re Coquinaria, by Roman author Apicius. It's an hour of honey, pepper, and fermented fish sauce, plus a lengthy rumination on Pompeii. Delish!

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Climb into the saddle of sleep and pedal to peace with this 1896 volume about the latest fad in exercise, bicycling! If you stay awake long enough, you'll know how a bicycle works, though why that's "for ladies," I cannot tell you.

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Let's cozy up to a hot cup of tea and steep our weary minds in this classic treatise on tea, culture and history. We all deserve a bit of sleep thanks to this Art of Peace.

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Let's return to Conan Doyle's dreamy world of the Wee Folk! Drift into sleep on the observations of a clairvoyant in the fairy glen, which are totally real and scientific. Totally. This episode is happily sponsored by BetterHelp – affordable and private online counseling you can get anywhere, any time, in the way that suits you best. Get 10% off your first month by visiting trybetterhelp.com/boringbooks.

 

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May 25, 2020 53 min

Let anxiety and stress slip away like a bird on the wing as we find sleep with another listener favorite, Cassell's Book of Birds. Orders, anatomy and the "merry-thought" defined? Just what you dreamed of!

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It's a dreamy return to Samuel Johnson's 18th century tour of Scotland. Tonight, we explore stunning Skye, speculate on ancient fortresses, and consider Calvinism's deep mark on the land. Slainte!

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Tonight, we jump into our sleepytime machine and let H.G. Wells carry us off into the dreamy history of Neolithic man. Agriculture, alphabets and just a dash of human sacrifice to keep your buzzing brain engaged.

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Tonight, we continue our caravan from sand to sandman with the Manual of Egyptian Archaeology & Guide to Antiquities from 1895. It's everything you never knew you wanted about ancient temple columns, quarries and reservoirs.

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Get pirated off to sleep with this early chronicle of the buccaneering life. Sounds riveting? Not to worry, me hearties, it was written in 1724. A booty of boring sentences be buried here!

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Tonight we relax to the dulcet words of Stoic philosophy, and learn all about not stressing out over things that are beyond our influence. But mostly, we'll just go to sleep, which is kind of the point.

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Harvest a good night's sleep with the agricultural tool offerings of one of our favorites, the 1897 Sears Catalog. Guaranteed to relax you with the most scientific methods of the age, or your purchase price cheerfully refunded!

 

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This evening, relax and sleep with one of the weirder scientific theories ever conceived, that the Earth is hollow and filled with other worlds. But first, there are 30 minutes of ambling preambles, because in 1826, of course there are. Enjoy!

 

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Tonight, we return to one of your favorite relaxing books, and take a tour of the spring and summer skies of the northern hemisphere. A calming cosmos bathed in starlight awaits you, sleepy, stressed out friend!

 

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Tonight, let's find our happy place and sleep with this reading from an introduction to science basics, written by one of the 19th century's greatest science champions. Stay awake long enough, and you'll learn why water is a liquid!

 

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