22 March 2015

The Book of Ennui

‘What is ennui? We are asking about this, together. We come from different worlds, but the five of us are here and we are sharing, deeply, and in this moment. I know you don’t know each other, but here we are. Thank you for joining.

[Five strangers gathered over breakfast in Phnom Penh. A light breeze, an open-air courtyard]

‘So that’s what it is!’


‘The graph. You drew a graph?’

‘I did…’

‘Who else made some kind of headway?’

‘…’ ‘I think I did….’ ‘This is what I feel…’ ‘And here is my conclusion.’


‘Given all this… Let’s see. Given our conversations here today, I’ll put them into this little book. Thank you for being part of this. I think we found something. I think we hit on it. Ennui, we are discovering … is in the gap between expectations and reality…’


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