See below for an excerpt from The Deadline Effect published in The New York Times Magazine, as well as selected other work by Christopher Cox.


GQ magazine, July 8, 2021

They’re an elite unit trained to tackle enormous events that strike without warning—earthquakes, hurricanes, and other catastrophes. They're never harried or anxious or unprepared. And they can teach us a lot about getting things done with speed and style.


WIRED magazine, December/January 2021

I interviewed epidemiologists, mathematicians, and physicists to determine the answer to a life-or-death question: What's the best way to prioritize a vaccination campaign? Their answers pointed toward a shortcut out of the pandemic.

The New York Times, July 4, 2021

In an op-ed for the New York Times opinion pages, I write about how President Biden could use deadlines to get more of his agenda passed. 

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The Atlantic, March 30, 2021

A short essay about how the mental shortcuts we take—most notably our native optimism and tendency to overvalue recent history to guide decision-making—make it difficult to plan for the end of the pandemic, and how we might correct for that short-coming.  "Start small, prepare to scale up or down as needed, and wish for better days to come."


The New York Times Magazine, October 19, 2019

In this excerpt from The Deadline Effect, I spend several weeks with Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a Michelin-starred chef with 38 restaurants (and counting) all around the world. "My dream,” he says, “would be to open a restaurant a month and then get rid of it.” I'm there as the clock ticks down to opening night for the two newest restaurants in the Jean-Georges empire.