I pulled the 2010, issue twenty-five, of Red Rock Review from my shelf and re-read the editor's introduction, "Of Holmes, Baudelaire, and Dostoevsky: Or, Gone to the Dogs," and decide it is as relevant today, 2016. And, that's not a good thing. The topic is ennui, "an intellectual, spiritual, and aesthetic sluggishness that, as a byproduct of materialism, blunts one's ability to grasp the higher truths expressed by great literature."
"Baudelaire was onto something. The pathological boredom know as ennui manifests itself in our own society's fascination with Twitter, text-messaging, and the like." Logsdon goes on to talk about the movie Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Silence of the Lambs. I don't think I've experienced, during my lifetime, an atmosphere or desire for spectacle more than now.