MAY you live in interesting times," goes an ancient Chinese curse. The times are certainly interesting enough. Why, then, does there seem to be such a proliferation of bores abroad? One obvious answer is that there are more of them simply because there are more people; a more telling reason may be that there are more bores because there is more communication. The high-speed richochet of news around the world has been a breakthrough for the bores. Never until now have these trudging pedestrians of the human spirit been able to do their tiresome...

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