Teresa Monachino brought the library a really boring book when she visited the SPL. Of course, we fell in love with it. Hold on, you say, what?
Is there anything more boring than boredom? Yet for a subject so yawnsome, so wreathed in greyness, boredom has attracted the finest literary minds to consider its qualities. The Really Boring Colouring Book dwells on the subject of monotony, but we still took to it, for it has three things we hold dear to our hearts: typography, words and colouring in. It’s a simple idea beautifully executed: quotations celebrating boredom in a selection of fonts, printed on high quality paper and ready for you to colour in – whether you happen to be bored or not. The fonts used are listed at the back and even the introduction and end material are ready for your felt tips, crayons and pencils. We liked the book so much we picked out some of our favourites.
I try to organise my daily life to be as boring as possible because you need to lead a boring life if the contents of your head are very, very exciting.
A yawn is a silent shout.
GK Chesterton. Page 17. Bookman Old Style Bold.
Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom.
Arthur Schopenhauer. Page 22, Bauhaus Heavy.
A blank region on time’s map, boredom breeds new worlds. But whether the white space entices the explorer or just blends back into the page is really up to you.
Alessandro Scafi. Page 12, Poster Bodoni.
The book is a limited edition of 1000 and it’s an SPL exclusive in Scotland. You can order it from our online shop here.