Yawn

Yawn

Adventures in Boredom

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The incisive and often hilarious story of one of our most interesting cultural phenomena: boredom. It's the feeling your grandma told you was only experienced by boring people. Some people say they're dying of it; others claim to have killed because of it. It's a key component of depression, creativity, and sex-toy advertisements. It's boredom, the subject of Yawn, a delightful and at times moving take on the oft-derided emotion and how we deal with it. Deftly wrought from interviews, research, and personal experience, Yawn follows Mary Mann's search through history for the truth about boredom, spanning the globe, introducing a varied cast of characters. The Desert Fathers -- fourth-century Christian monks who made their homes far from civilization -- offer the first recorded accounts of lethargy; Thomas Cook, grandfather of the tourism industry, provided escape from the mundane for England's working class; and contemporarily, we meet couples who are disenchanted by monogamous sex, deployed soldiers who seek entertainment and connection in porn, and prisoners held in solitary confinement, for whom boredom is a punishment for crimes they may or may not have committed. With the sharp wit of Sloane Crosley and the historical acumen of Sarah Vowell, Mann tells the unexpected story of the hunt for a deeper understanding of boredom, in all its absurd, irritating, and inspiring splendor.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780374535841
0374535841
Characteristics: 164 pages ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Adventures in boredom

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Aug 04, 2017

Not an "I couldn't put it down" book. Mann writes in long paragraphs which lull the reader into relaxing. Well worth reading to bring a new consciousness to boredom and how it affects us, the effect of travel. She's done a lot of research. Check out the bibliography.

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Aug 04, 2017

p 75 ...the more people who trek out to find novel places, the less novel these places become. Pictures are posted online; people who see the pictures make plans to visit the new hot spots, where familiar foods and drinks and languages begin to appear, attracting even more familiar faces; and all this familiarity feels like the antithesis of adventure, reminding travelers of the mundane ordinary that they're trying to take a break from.

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