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As a Schwartz Fellow at New America, Brigid Schulte has been researching and writing a book on time pressure and modern families in the three great arenas of life: work, love and play. She has traveled extensively to report the book, from Paris and Denmark to Denver, the Bay area, New York and Fargo, North Dakota, where she, somewhat mystifyingly, found a researcher who studies the American preoccupation with busyness. The book seeks to shift the national debate and the national perspective from seeing the conflicting demands of work and life and the lack of policies in the United States to ease them as solely "Mommy issues," and open a dialogue on how we all can have time to do meaningful work, have quality time for family, friends and community and space to, as the ancient Greeks said, "refresh the soul" in leisure - the place where we are most fully human. Overwhelmed, Work, Love and Play When No One Has the Time, will be published by Farrar, Strauss & Giroux in February, 2014.
As a fellow, Ms. Schulte has been on leave from The Washington Post, where she has been a staff writer since 1999. She was part of the newspaper's team covering the Virginia Tech massacre that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news journalism. She has been a national correspondent in the Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau covering the military, national politics and health. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Portland in Oregon and an MS from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York.