boredom

On a beach with no phone signal, I rediscovered the wonder of boredom

11 August 2018 9:00 am

After an hour’s beach work I was just about done. I’d read some book, I’d skimmed the papers, I’d eaten…

Dear Mary: how do you excuse yourself from a dull conversation?

20 May 2017 9:00 am

Q. My mother always told me that only boring people are bored. However she never got stuck at a drinks…

Is The Evenings really the best Dutch novel of all time?

31 December 2016 9:00 am

Most of us lead lives of quiet desperation. So we’re told. Frits van Egters apparently leads a life more desperate…

Why boredom is good for us

26 November 2016 9:00 am

When did you last experience a boring Sunday afternoon? If you’re over 16, probably not since you were last 16…

The unsentimental education of the English girl in pearls

12 November 2016 9:00 am

If you were to take a large dragnet and scoop up all the shoppers in the haberdashery department of Peter…