The Other Side Of Boredom

Mar 3 2013 @ 10:37am

In a rumination on the life and work of David Foster Wallace, David J. Michael spots this passage from The Pale King:

It turns out that bliss—a second-by-second joy + gratitude at the gift of being alive, conscious—lies on the other side of crushing, crushing boredom. Pay close attention to the most tedious thing you can find (tax returns, televised golf), and, in waves, a boredom like you’ve never known will wash over you and just about kill you. Ride these out, and it’s like stepping from black and white into color. Like water after days in the desert. Constant bliss in every atom.

Previous Dish coverage of Wallace here, here, here and here.