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Reading Zygmunt Bauman’s Liquid Modernity:

How to make boredom bear fruit?

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  1. The question is derived from a quote of Paul Valery’s, used in Bauman’s introduction. Valery calls out interruption, incoherance and surprise as the ordinary conditions of contemporary life, proposing that we no longer know how to productively utilize boredom. Bauman closes off Valery’s quotation with the question “can the human mind master what the human mind has made?” Can we?

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