Some of my favorite experiences of art are when I am there but my attention has wandered. I think stimulation is overrated, and persistent stimulation is exhausting. You sometimes have to be banal, tedious; make the rhythm go soft and slow, give the mind a rest. I’d rather that people could be both entertained and given rest while reading my book, than for someone to have to put the book down to take a rest. You can’t just be lighting firecrackers all the time.

from an interview about the book at the New York Times ArtsBeat blog (via howshouldapersonbe)

I feel like boredom is very important. (Clearly that is the only answer to the question of how a should a person be.)