More Time and the Shrimp Test

Illustration: Wristwatches from the ‘History of Inventions’, Smithsonian Institution

How both enough and a scarcity of time makes for better writing

Our professor had just handed out a syllabus for the Fall Term. She seemed uncomfortable, fidgeting with a paper copy in her hands, and avoided eye contact with the class. Hesitantly, she said, “This is a three-page summary of what we will cover this semester. I apologize. I only completed it last night before I went to bed.”