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Boredom in contemporary literature.

I’m bored in the U.S.A

How did it happen?

– Father John Misty, 'Bored in the U.S.A.'


Recently I found myself teaching Donald Barthelme’s now classic postmodern story “The Balloon” to undergraduate students in an American literature survey.  When I canvassed for reactions to the piece, I was surprised to hear a majority of the students describe the story as “boring.”  Barthelme’s surrealistic tale, in which an enormous balloon inexplicably appears over a large swath of Manhattan one day and elicits a bevy of citizen reactions, isn’t exactly what one would call dull.  That’s a little like calling Dali’s drooping clocks tiresome.  Nevertheless, the story’s dizzying language, weirdness, and l

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boring? I think the concept of boredom is relative. A person is bored because his heart is not looking for interesting things. If he always finds beauty in life, he will not be bored.
Time is good, seize the best time, don't waste it.

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Our culture makes boredom look like a rare phenomenon, because we have so many resources (online) to get the best of our education, career, etc. If we take African American literature as an example, there are certain essays for sale that helped me do my english homework and write about vocabulary used to express boredom in metaphors. I referenced these two books: "In the Wake: On Blackness and Being" by Christina Sharpe and "On Being Bored" by Phillips.