“You’re fragmented, you said. The bored pick apart their objects, searching for a little meaning, until they appear only broken and rotten: that’s where disgust leaks in. Disgusted by you myself, I let you become bored by me, until I looked no use to either of us.

I have been your Echo, your mirror. A mirror never says it’s bored, not with the dreariest corner, reflecting on cobwebs and faded wallpaper. Perhaps no mirror is. But a smashed mirror reflects only fragments. Break me and you break yourself, and anyone might be angry to see himself look back in pieces. “Who,” you said, poking around my remnants, “do you think you are anyway?” It was hardly a question (can these bones live?), and at the moment you said it I could think of nothing. So you gave me the lie: “You’re nothing. I bet you’d sleep with anyone.” I examined myself and found neither of these things was true, and, for a moment, I was free. Still, there’s no getting away from you. If I refuse to be what you say, I still have to be what you don’t. Even now your boredom with me creates a negative image of its own self. And every time I’m bored by your circling memory, I think about what you were to me and - another double negative - I am interested again. You interest me because I allowed myself more freedom with you than with anyone else. However much we bored each other, when I was with you I never bored myself.”


(Joanna Walsh, Break.up)

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“Boredom is a function of attention.”


(Susan Sontag, As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh)

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George Brecht, Games at the Cedilla  ::::

Experience #1. (Boredom to Boredom)

Boredoms: When you enter into deep conflict between two or more things to do, realize you made a very wrong choice in going to one thing over another. Resign yourself to ennui. No matter your choice, you'll wish you were somewhere else. Which is ennui. Get to it before it gets to you. Boredom like stupidity contains its own treasures. A state of grace providing zero payoff. You'll recognize it. Ignore any path that would seem to give you advantage, in terms of amusement or some kind of good use of time. Ignore the bong for once. Take your companion outside into the bright sun. Each of you try to want what the other wants. You'll soon reach an impossible state. Look to the left. Find it tedious. Proceed to the right with the sun assaulting your pates. In consideration for each other, fail to decide what to eat. Immediately on changing the subject of conversation, run out of energy. Understand your partner's agony. Don't give in to understanding. Let the day drag on...

(Bernadette Corporation, exerpt from Reena Spaulings)

“In becoming bored by something we are precisely still held fast by that which is boring, we do not let it go, or we are compelled by it, bound to it for whatever reason, even though we have previously freely given ourselves over to it.”


(Martin Heidegger, The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics)

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