The Virtue & Vice of Deadlines

The last 900 words

Hail and farewell, fellow readers. I am quitting the column business-cold turkey. Total abstinence is the only way. As in other addictions, the build-up of tension followed by the release of handing in 900 words on deadline produces a dangerous high.

Manic euphoria is increased if I get praise and reinforcements from loyal Commonweal readers. Criticism counts as reinforcement too, since it proves someone out there has actually...

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About the Author

Sidney Callahan is a psychologist and the author of Created for Joy: A Christian View of Suffering.