"Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets. The space and quiet that idleness provides is a necessary condition for standing back from life and seeing it whole, for making unexpected connections and waiting for the wild summer lightning strikes of inspiration — it is, paradoxically, necessary to getting any work done."
Kreider is a cartoonist and essayist, and after reading this piece I went and bought his new book IMMEDIATELY, which has pleased me IMMENSELY. I am kind of weirdly obsessed with him at the moment in that creepy what if we met way. He lives on the Chesapeake Bay.