Bill Hayes with Dave Wheeler
The author of Insomniac City and The Anatomist, Bill Hayes adroitly moves to yet another subject without breaking a …. you know, what comes from much exerting, as he makes this virtual visit after having done some real ones for his newest book, Sweat: A History of Exercise (Bloomsbury). We’ll see if doing this virtually will send more people to get active while watching - or not. This entertaining and enlightening book reaches back in history and up through Jack LaLanne and Jane Fonda, with Bill Hayes himself engaging in all manner of huffing and puffing. Such a story would be remiss if the 1569 book, De arte gymnastics, by Italian physician Girolamo Mercuriale wasn’t mentioned - it gets big play here.
“Bill Hayes' peripatetic inquiry into the history of exercise is a delight for anyone who loves a good search for a missing manuscript, as well as anyone who loves being 'so drenched in sweat as to feel amphibious.' And if those predilections happen to overlap for you, hang onto your Bosu ball-you're in for a treat. Hayes weaves his riveting findings in the archives with a revelatory memoir of physical exertion that begins to answer that most human of questions: what does the body mean?” ―Alison Bechdel.
Joining Bill Hayes in conversation this evening will be Dave Wheeler, associate editor at Shelf Awareness and an Elliott Bay alum.