Journalism does not attract drinkers, nor does it create them. It is, however, one of the most stressful careers in the world, regardless of whether you're an editorial page writer for the New York Times or an outdoor editor for the Elephant Butte Morning Crier.
Journalists are paid to create, to be consumed, and to be criticized. They are tasked with being experts, analysts, and insiders for every topic in the world. They are tastemakers, kingmakers, and rumormakers. They are also woefully underpaid.
Journalists are only as good as their last published article. If it was pure poetry, then they celebrate that fact and they can't wait to do it again. If it sucked or was bestialized by an editor with an urge to rewrite, then they bemoan that fact and they can't wait to do it again.
Journalism is where culture and commerce overlap. It is the fourth estate. It is hard, tiring work. And sometimes, while the liver works overtime, the mind just wants to take the night off.
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