ILEARNT this in prison. Compulsive is when you do something repetitively. Obsessive is when you think about something repetitively.
’Course, I learnt some other stuff, too. Not as clear- cut.
Not as defined.
The day of my release, the warden had me up for a talk.
Bent over his desk, he kept me waiting. His head over papers, a model of industry. He had a bald patch, like Prince Charles. That made me feel good. I concentrated on it. Finally, he looks up, says,
I could play the game. I was but a cigarette away from freedom