Boredom: The Tedium is the Message

March 9, 2008
(was 02.04.2007)

Tom Lutz's 18-year-old son, Cody, spent day after day just lying on the couch, Lutz was surprised how angry it made him that his son was doing nothing. So Lutz decided to do something about it. He wrote a book about the history of doing nothing in America. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, we'll talk about doing nothing, as we take an exciting look at boredom. Also, we'll wax philosophical about boredom, or "the root of all evil," as Kierkegaard described it.

  1. Lars Svendsen on "A Philosophy of Boredom"

    Lars Svendsen talks with Anne Strainchamps about boredom's long, long history. Or maybe it just seems that way.

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  2. Ghita Schwarz on "A Case of Boredom" Essay

    Ghita Schwarz wrote about "A Case of Boredom" for the February issue of "The Believer" magazine.

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  3. Augustin De la Pena on Sleep Disorders and Boredom

    Augustin De la Pena is a psycho-physiologist who works at a sleep disorders center in South Texas, and a leading authority on boredom.

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  4. Tom Lutz on "Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America"

    Tom Lutz wrote "Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers, and Bums in America." He tells Steve Paulson it was his way of dealing with his teen-age son, who never left the couch.

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