In Mark Edmundson's article "Enough Already," he voices his feelings and ideas about bores, with examples and some suggestions about the bore's motivation.
"How are you?" - this question can ignite a firestorm of information, from the full life story, to the list of past and future travel destinations. Not interesting for a soiree!
Edmundson says interesting things about bores. That's good for a soiree!
Mark Edmundson is professor of English at the University of Virginia.
I would like to invite Mark Edmundson to my soiree.