ATG Book of the Week of June 7, 2011
Boredom: A Lively History by Peter Toomey. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011. 9780300141108. 211 pages.
I noticed this book on the approval plan and checked it out immediately. Did you know that Chekhov mentions boredom more frequently than any writer that Toomey has encountered? Or that boredom may be behind the murder in James M. Cain’s The Postman Always Rings Twice? This informative and entertaining investigation of boredom spans more than 3000 years of history. And this book seems to have been of interest to more than yours truly. It has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and many other publications!