Workaholism represents the greatest escapism today. It replaces television and gaming with something that produces cash. That’s all workaholism has ever been. As long as you’re busy, you’re constructive. You’re building. Nobody can fault you for not knowing what’s going on outside (or caring). Marriages survive workaholism because it’s hard to find fault with someone who’s being constructive. Families can say “I didn’t get to spend much time with Daddy,” but at least he’s not a drunken slob passed out on the couch.

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I did a poor imitation of Don Draper for 40 years before writing my first novel. I'm currently in the final stages of a children's book. Lucky me.

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