Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World

Naked at Lunch: A Reluctant Nudist's Adventures in the Clothing-Optional World

Mark Haskell Smith

People were getting bare in public for purposes except intercourse for hundreds of years. yet as novelist and narrative journalist Mark Haskell Smith exhibits in Naked at Lunch, being a nudist is extra complex than just shedding trou. “Nonsexual social nudism,” as it’s known as, rose to prominence within the past due 19th century. Intellectuals, outcasts, and wellbeing and fitness nuts from Victorian England and colonial India to Belle Époque France and Gilded Age ny disrobed and wrote manifestos concerning the joys of going clothing-free. From tales of old Greek athletes slathered in olive oil to the hundreds of thousands of Germans who fled the towns for a unadorned frolic throughout the Weimar Republic to American squaddies given “naturist” magazines via the Pentagon within the curiosity of stopping sexually transmitted ailments, Haskell Smith uncovers nudism’s a laugh and provocative past.

Naked at Lunch is equivalent components cultural historical past and gonzo participatory journalism. covered in a number of layers of excessive SPF sunblock, Haskell Smith dives into the nudist international this present day. He publicly disrobes for the 1st time in Palm Springs, observes the tradition of family members nudism in a clothing-free Spanish city, and travels to the biggest nudist hotel on the planet, a hedonist’s paradise within the south of France. He reviews on San Francisco’s arguable ban on public nudity, participates in every week of bare mountaineering within the Austrian Alps, and caps off his adventures with every week at the enormous Nude Boat, a Caribbean cruise packed with nudists.

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