the boring boring.


‘John Cage said, “If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.” He’s right: there’s a certain kind of unboring boredom that’s fascinating, engrossing, transcendent, and downright sexy. And then there’s the other kind of boring: let’s call it boring boring. Boring boring is a client meeting; boring boring is having to endure someone’s self-indulgent poetry reading; boring boring is watching a toddler for an afternoon; boring boring is the seder at Aunt Fanny’s. Boring boring is being somewhere we don’t want to be; boring boring is doing something we don’t want to do.’

– Kenneth Goldsmith Being Boring


One thought on “the boring boring.

  1. lucazoid

    Yes, the boring boring is irritating, tis true…

    …but that’s when you need to just turn to another cage classic: the lecture on nothing, in which he says, “It is not irritating to be where one is. It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else”.

    Cage does sometimes come across a bit holier-than-thou, doesn’t he – as if there is something wrong with being bored, as if finding interest in the boring is a sign of a more highly developed being…

    That Kenneth Goldsmith piece is very good – not boring at all – really interesting stuff in there relating to your endless typing projects eh Boni?


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