Boredom is a dialectical emotion. It is in the first place a perception of meaninglessness around one and within one. To be bored is literally to be hollowed out, and to experience hollowness. In Ishmael’s case there is nothing particular to do because there is everything to do, but nothing offers itself as worth doing. Because the world is empty, its very freedom is experienced as constriction.

- Paul Brodtkorb, Jr., Ishmael's White World (1965)