On Monday Wright Thompson talked about how his profile of the Williams family nearly broke him. Well, the very next piece we worked on nearly broke me. It was about New Orleans, and when Wright and I finished we both said, Never again will we do this to ourselves.
There were two problems: It was easily the largest story we ever worked on; and its deadline was tighter, and harder to reach than any story we worked on. That New Orleans story taught me a lot about what I could manage mentally, and also where my breaking point was.