Here follow excerpts edited by Ellopos Blog from a chapter in The State of the American Mind: Sixteen Critics on the New Anti-Intellectualism, edited by A. Bellow and M. Bauerlein. The author emphasizes the point that “time is required to think through difficult questions. Patience is a condition of genuine intellection. The thinking mind, the creating mind, said Wieseltier, should not be rushed. ‘And where the mind is rushed and made frenetic, neither thought nor creativity will ensue. What you will most likely get is conformity and banality. Writing is not typed talking’.”