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The Romans called itTaedium vitae,"the tedium of life," and Nietzsche described it as "that disagreeable, windless calm of the soul." By whatever name it’s known, ennui has reached epidemic proportions. The good news? Ennui causes all sorts of fascinating behavior — and lots of terrific quotes collected in this surprisingly fun book. They range from Louis XV’s "What would life be without coffee? But then, what is it even with coffee?" to Oscar Levant’s immortal "So much time, so little to do." Contributors include Gore Vidal, M. F. K. Fisher, Eddie Murphy, Andy Warhol, Fran Lebowitz, and many others.
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ISBN-10:  157061444X
ISBN-13:  978-1570614446
Author:  Jon Winokur
Publisher:  Sasquatch Books
Date Published:  August 29, 2005
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I found this to be a surprisingly meaningful and entertaining look at what is arguably the most boring topic of them all: boredom itself. I've read many collections of trivia and notable quotations, and have become a bit weary of the genre. Many such books pay little heed to coherence and thematic integrity, and feel rather haphazard and random in their choices of the included material. Even the ones that are organized around a theme oftentimes come across as little more than a casual assortment …
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