Meticulousness, however, had its price. Once a newspaperman filing many articles a week, Mitchell started taking months, then years, on his magazine stories. He spent half a decade writing his final profile. Then, for more than 30 years, he arrived every day at the New Yorker office without ever submitting another piece. According to a revealing new book, Mitchell’s colleagues even started searching his bin for clues about what he was doing.
– ‘The grammar of hard facts‘ The Economist