Boredom is a serious subject (just ask Albert Nerenberg, director of the decidedly not boring documentary Boredom). The New York Times Sunday Book Review looks at the literary uses of boredom, starting with Rivka Galchen’s views:
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Boredom is a kind of meditation. To be bored is, for a spell, to not let the noise out there get in.
Harry is a dirty dog.
Or is he?
He’s a white dog with black spots who doesn’t like to take a bath. He runs away from home! What fun he has going around town, getting covered in dirt and soot and coal, so that he becomes a black dog with white spots. Eventually Harry gets a bit hungry and tired. When he returns to his house, his family doesn’t recognize him. They watch him do his tricks, then turn their backs and walk away. Harry is so sad. Until he thinks to run upstairs, and take a bath, and is again recognized, and welcomed home with love.