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According to Harvard historian Jill Lepore, burnout – that is, feelings of being “worn down, wiped out, threadbare, on edge, battered and battle-scarred” – is pervasive. Though the condition has existed since ancient times, it has become a defining feature of modern life. In this New Yorker article, Lepore traces the origins of the term “burnout” and explores why possible remedies have failed to mitigate its spread.
About the Author
Jill Lepore is a professor of American History at Harvard University. She’s also been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2005. Her writing covers American history, law, literature and politics.
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