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Bored and Brilliant

First it was a podcast series. Now, it's a book.

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About the Book

"Rarely has a conversation about boredom been less boring. I found it more thrilling than "Serial" because, frankly, it was of more universal import."

- Newsweek

From St. Martin's Press, order now!

Has your smartphone become your BFF? Do you feel bored when you're not checking Facebook or Instagram? Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, and explores how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive selves.

Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC Studio's Note to Self, speaks with neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists about the importance of "mind wandering"— what our brains do when we're doing nothing at all. The book explores why putting greater emphasis on "doing nothing" is vital in an age of constant notifications and digital distractions. And it provides a series of challenges that will help you rethink your relationship to your devices without completely leaving the digital world.

Bored and Brilliant is about living smarter and better within a digital world. Technology isn't going anywhere, and who would want it to? Bored and Brilliant teaches us how to align our gadget use with what we hold dear and true, and find equilibrium in this new digital ecosystem.

Where it Started

This book began as a podcast series. In 2015, Manoush led her listeners through a week of experiments designed to help them reassess their technology habits, unplug for part of each week and jump-start their creativity.

Tens of thousands of people participated, taking small steps towards more intentional tech choices. One step a day, for six days (episodes here). You guys loved it. So we made a book. We think you're going to love that too.

About the Author

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Manoush Zomorodi

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 including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host.

In spare moments, Manoush tweets @manoushz and takes deep cleansing breaths.