Conspiring Against Productivity
April 4, 2011 Leave a comment
Two stories on NPR this weekend that stared me in the fact as I sent this story to my professor. That one was about a Wisconsin professor who wrote some of the history books I used in my environmental history class. I was sending it to my teacher.
Anyways, this. This is just not helping me.
First, David Foster Wallace’s new book comes out on April 15.
It deals with boredom and finding happiness in a life where you do the same thing every day.
“Bliss — a second-by-second joy and gratitude at the gift of being alive, conscious — lies on the other side of crushing, crushing boredom,” he wrote. Pietsch says it attempts the greatest challenge he’s ever seen a novelist take on: “To write a novel about the boring parts of life.”
And next, yet another feature on Marc Maron’s podcast.
It’s hard to miss how many of Maron’s guests, most from the world of comedy, have a lot of anger, or hurt feelings, or broken relationships — not necessarily more tragedy than most people, he says, but a way of paying attention to it and exposing it in a way that a lot of people don’t.
So enjoy, you people with sound cards on your office computers, or without jobs in far-off places devoid of the possibility for distracting Entertainment.