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.”

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David Laulainen

David Laulainen

I write about how small achievable changes to everyday habits can have bigger global impact. Stories: medium.com/oh-brother / Poetry: medium.com/somnia