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Author: Manoush Zomorodi Narrator: Manoush Zomorodi Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781427287434
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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.

In 2015, WNYC Studio’s ‘Note To Self’ host Manoush Zomorodi led thousands of her listeners through a week of experiments designed to help them reassess their technology habits, unplug for part of each week and jumpstart their creativity. Throughout the audiobook are a series of challenges that will help listeners rethink their relationship to their devices without completely leaving the digital world.

Zomorodi also explores why putting greater emphasis on “doing nothing” is vital in an age of constant notifications and digital distractions. She speaks with neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists about “mind wandering”—what our brains do when we’re doing nothing at all, and the link between boredom and creativity.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In this spirited exploration of our relationship with technological devices, Zomorodi’s melodic voice beckons and inspires listeners to develop a deeper understanding of how tech devices affect our potential…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • "Bored and Brilliant shows the fascinating side of boredom. Manoush Zomorodi investigates cutting-edge research as well as compelling (and often funny) real-life examples to demonstrate that boredom is actually a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative.”

    Gretchen Rubin, New York Times bestselling author

  • "Bored and Brilliant is full of easy steps to make each day more effective and every life more intentional. Manoush’s mix of personal stories, neuroscience, and data will convince you that boredom is actually a gift.”

    Charles Duhigg, New York Times bestselling author

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Library Journal Editor’s Pick

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About the Author

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, she 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.