The Questionably Healthy Habits of Highly Creative People


Do you work better during the morning or the evening? With a shot of espresso or a mug of green tea?

An intriguing little Slate series documents the work habits of writers and other creative people, from Ernest Hemingway to David Lynch.

The latest missive is about amphetamines, but if you prefer your stimulants a little tamer, there’s also one about coffee—though, honestly, we’re not sure Balzac’s 50-cup-a-day habit was any less extreme than Ayn Rand’s propensity for Benzedrine.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →