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Boredom : a lively history

Author: Peter Toohey
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the first book to argue for the benefits of boredom, Peter Toohey dispels the myth that it's simply a childish emotion or an existential malaise like Jean-Paul Sartre's nausea. He shows how boredom is, in fact, one of our most common and constructive emotions and is an essential part of the human experience. This informative and entertaining investigation of boredom--what it is and what it isn't, its uses and its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Toohey
ISBN: 0300141106 9780300141108 9780300181845 0300181841 9783001411082 3001411082
OCLC Number: 667990354
Description: viii, 211 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Putting boredom in its place --
Chronic boredom and the company it keeps --
Humans, animals and incarceration --
The disease that wasteth at noonday --
Does boredom have a history? --
The long march back to boredom.
Responsibility: Peter Toohey.

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Shows how boredom is, in fact, one of our most common and constructive emotions and is an essential part of the human experience. This title takes readers through neurological and psychological  Read more...

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"A fun and illuminating argument for the benefits of boredom."-Angus Clarke, The Times -- Angus Clarke * The Times * "Toohey's book is a veritable boredom bible, plus it's got some funny bits and Read more...

 
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