Celebrating Boredom

“We’re terrified of boredom and simultaneously sunk up to our knees in it, a post-“Seinfeld” generation running as hard and frantically as we can to avoid a condition we increasingly regard as inevitable. Not so fast. As more and more people seem to recognize, the universal experience of being bored — unengaged, detached, afloat in some private torpor — may be far more precious, fruitful and even profound than a surface apprehension might suggest. As ordinary as gray skies and equally pervasive, boredom deserves its own sun-splashed attention and celebration.”