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A most pleasant fellow,
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This review is from: Boredom: A Lively History (Hardcover)
Peter Toohey, a professor at the University of Calgary, author of "boredom: a lively history," has brightened his 190 text pages with 27 illustrations. His sharp insights inspire closer looks at art, photographs, history, and ourselves, as he traces the varied postures of boredom, the appearance and universal fascination with boredom by painters, thinkers, authors, playwrights, historians, scientists, photographers, and just about everyone who has ever been bored. And who hasn't? Mr. Toohey has done an exhaustive search of anyone who has ever touched upon the subject. That he has completed his compilation in so few pages is pleasing and not boring at all.
Mr. Toohey's location at the University of Calgary, approximately 200 miles north of Glacier National Park (shared by the U.S. and Canada) might seem out in the boondocks and a bit boring, but that is not the case. Calgary, Alberta, is a very large metropolitan area some 50 miles east of the Canadian Rockies. The city, the university, and the professor, as the book reveals, are good to know.
Mr. Toohey has a pleasant tentative way of expressing himself. He presents the facts as he has gathered them, letting the reader form his or her own conclusions, while offering his own in a self-effacing way. And he can be subtly funny. I have never met Professor Toohey other than in his book, but I think I should like to sit in at the back of some of his classes. In a calm and straightforward way, he would most assuredly not be boring.
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Initial post: Oct 7, 2013 12:42:48 PM PDT
Friend Gretchen says:
I think that your review is interesting and lively -- far more so than the book itself to my mind. In fact, I have wondered whether the entire book is intended to be boring, a send-up of the topic if you will.
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Nico Brusso says:
Thank you, Gretchen, for your post. I like your tack.
How interesting, clever, and also amusing of Professor Toohey, if from the onset he had designed to be intentionally boring about boring!
I like what you say. But I think you give him a step too much credit. Think of it: there he was, spending all that time, searching history and the world to find every blesséd instance of boredom. Quite an endeavor.
I was drawn to the subject because, frankly, I was so bored with a long-lasting relationship that I felt I had to end it, and I did. Was I right to do it? Was I considerate? Well, it has been a few years now, and I wish it hadn't been boring, but it was, and I have to stand by my decision. A bit selfish, I'm sure, but to me it had to be done. I'm happier. And I've stopped second-guessing.
Thank you again. I'm wondering what led you to the subject.
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