What is missing from American culture? Quietude.
The simple, unadorned, undistracted, selfless, productive quietude which provides a matrix for creative labor.
The blessed quietude which allows the imagination to confront that which it cannot easily fathom or absorb... and eventually to comprehend & absorb it after all.
The quiet perfection of a work of art, which shines with a radiance & profundity drawn from that nourishing... quietude.