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MANOUSH ZOMORODI - Bored and Brilliant

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 7:00pm
Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250124951
Availability: Backordered. Place an order and we will let you know when to expect your book.
Published: St. Martin's Press - September 5th, 2017




Monday, September 11 at 7PM

speaking & signing
Bored and Brilliant 





  • The speaking portion of this event is free & open to the public.
  • Tickets are required to join the signing line.
  • Tickets are only available with the purchase of a copy of Bored and Brilliant from BookPeople.
  • Books & tickets are now available to order. Purchasing a book online automatically assigns you a ticket for the signing. There is no separate "ticket" item to add to your cart.
  • Tickets are lettered. The line for the signing will form according to ticket letter after the author speaks.


WNYC's "Note to Self" host, Manoush Zomorodi, gives readers permission to unplug from their devices, get bored, and tap into a greater storehouse of creativity.

Has your smart phone become your BFF? Do you feel bored when you’re not checking Facebook or Instagram? Do you feel that the constant ping of social networks is sapping your creativity and ability to think? In 2015, Note To Self podcast host Manoush Zomorodi led thousands of her listeners with the same problems through a week of experiments designed to help them rethink their technology habits, unplug for part of each week and jumpstart their creativity. Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out explains the connection between boredom and being unplugged and how that state of mind can ignite original thinking. Through interviews with scientists, famous artists, and regular people, Zomorodi explores why putting greater emphasis on “doing nothing” is vital in an age of constant notifications and digital distractions. She speaks with scientists who have researched the links between boredom and creativity. She spends time with a museum security guard who knows how to turn standing in a sometimes-empty room for eight hours into an exercise in creative thinking. She also explores how we can harness boredom’s hidden benefits to become our most productive selves. Throughout the book are a series of challenges that will help readers rethink their relationship to their devices without completely leaving the digital world. Bored and Brilliant: It's permission to unplug.


Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of "Note to Self," “the tech show about being human,” from WNYC Studios. Every week on her podcast, Manoush searches for answers to life’s digital quandaries through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts. She has won numerous awards for her work. In spare moments, Manoush tweets at @manoushz and takes deep cleansing breaths. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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