In Pursuit Of Ennui

A new academic history of boredom brings up some interesting notions about the way we spend our lives. The idea of being bored is actually a somewhat recent one, but the minute it got a name, absolutely everyone had to have a piece of it. As the world becomes more saturated with entertainment options, boredom has actually increased, as have attempts to cure it with, well, more entertainment options. “One of the more unexpected findings is that the best cure for boredom might be… more boredom. Or wearing a polar bear costume. In the war against monotony, people have tried all sorts of unusual remedies.”