The hurried present faces up to the enemy of boredom in very diverse ways: either through hypnosis in the hands of the screen, never-ending work, altered states of consciousness or through the infinite means of entertainment at our disposal. It is all about denying, never getting bored, being always busy. Perhaps that’s why George Steiner called modernity “the systematic suppression of silence.”
To get to know it properly, the poet and essayist Luigi Amara lets boredom catch him in its claws. After being guided by some of its greatest interpreters – Pascal and Montaigne among others – he decides to lock himself in a room with his own boredom for a few weeks without any technological toys to help him to fight it. Afterwards, he gives himself shock therapy by travelling to the world capital of entertainment, Las Vegas, where he finds that boredom is invisible, but only because it is everywhere. His descent to the underworld of boredom ends up becoming a journey of initiation as he becomes the founding member of ‘Yawning International’, the world’s only organization that renders cult to boredom. In La escuela del aburrimiento, Luigi Amara undresses the ideology of boredom, pointing out that the fear it provokes is actually much worse than its manifestation. "It is the fear of being trapped in a job for life, in a single social ‘role’, in being with the same person: the fear that the decline of desire pre-figures the arrival of death. Not moving, being stuck in a rut, without oxygen and without alternatives. Crying in a dark room because it starts to resemble our own coffin".
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BY LUIGI AMARA: La liberación de la mosca ESSAYS, 2016 Nu)n(ca POETRY, 2015 Historia descabellada de la peluca ESSAYS, 2014 Los disidentes del universo ESSAY, 2013 Cuaderno flotante APHORISMS, 2012 La escuela del aburrimiento ESSAY, 2012 Los calcetines solitarios CHILDREN'S, 2011 A pie POETRY, 2010 Las aventuras de Max y su ojo submarino CHILDREN'S, 2007 Sombras sueltas ESSAY, 2006 Pasmo POETRY, 2003 El peatón inmóvil ESSAY, 2003 Envés POETRY, 2003 El cazador de grietas POETRY, 1998 El decir y la mancha POETRY, 1994