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On Boredom (1975) (nybooks.com)
20 points by samclemens 6 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 1 comment

having been bored out of my skull all day; about mid-way through the piece I started to think this was a brilliant bit of reverse-psychology:

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> It is agony to think of the groping of the species—all this fumbling, swamp-creeping, munching, preying, and reproduction, the boring slowness with which tissues, organs, and members developed. And then the boredom also of the emergence of the higher types and finally of mankind, the dull life of paleolithic forests, the long long incubation of intelligence, the slowness of invention, the idiocy of peasant ages

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