Boredom is the modern mood.
Our world seems to flit back and forth between excessive stimulation and extreme boredom. We have at our fingertips perpetual entertainment, and yet we find ourselves existentially adrift, listless, vacant. Is this boredom unique to our times? Or is it only another epoch in the long lineage of restless humanity?
In today’s episode, with boredom expert Dr. Rebekah Lamb, we explore the social, literary, and spiritual dimensions of boredom, and what it looks like to turn our boredom into something fruitful and wholesome, rather than destructive and inert.
If you enjoy listening to this podcast half as much as I enjoyed recording it, I know you’ll be delighted. :)
Dr Rebekah Lamb is Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts. Her research interests span from Victorian period to the present; the Pre-Raphaelites and their affiliate circles; medieval revivalism; affect theory (particularly boredom studies); interfaces between theology and film studies, journalism, and social media; Christian personalism, education, and liturgy.