TITLE: I'd Like to Be Bored for a While AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: June 01, 2015 2:21 PM DESC: ----- BODY: When asked if he has ever been bored, Italo Calvino responded:
Yes, in my childhood. But it must be pointed out that childhood boredom is a special kind of boredom. It is a boredom full of dreams, a sort of projection into another place, into another reality. In adulthood boredom is made of repetition, it is the continuation of something from which we are no longer expecting any surprise. And I -- would that I had time to get bored today!
Children are better at boredom than adults are, because we let them be. We should let adults be good at boredom every ocacsionally. (Passage from this Paris Review interview, which I quoted a couple of times several weeks ago.) -----