If sleep is the apogee of physical exertion, boredom is the apogee of mental relaxation.  Boredom is the dream bird that hatches the egg of experience.  A rustling in the leaves drives him away.  His nesting places- the activities that are intimately associated with boredom- are already extinct in the cities and are declining in the country as well.  With this the gift for listening is lost and the community of listeners disappears.
-Walter Benjamin and Ramon Bloomberg

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