Is great art simply about slowing down? The New Yorker's Shahnaz Habib relates an interesting exchange he witnessed last week:
The philosopher Simon Critchley spoke with the novelist Amit Chaudhuri. "Nothing happens in your work," Critchley said, a comment which, under the circumstances, was a compliment. While the rest of the country was in the final days of midterm frenzy, these two literally had nothing on their agenda.
Chaudhuri responded by quoting Auden: "Poetry is that which makes nothing happen."