Jill Abramson Takes ~2 Minutes to Land On Her Feet

Here is your perhaps unnecessary reminder that even high-powered successful “lean in”-type businesswomen like Jill Abramson zigzag. The ex-Managing Editor of the New York Times has accepted a position helping students hone their narrative non-fiction skills at Harvard:

She will be a visiting lecturer in the Department of English for the 2014-15 academic year, the university said in a statement, and will teach in the fall and spring semesters. In the statement, Ms. Abramson said she was “honored and excited.” Narrative nonfiction, she said, “is more important than ever. Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.” Ms. Abramson previously taught journalism seminars at Yale and Princeton.

At a commencement address at Wake Forest University just days after she was fired, Ms. Abramson spoke of an uncertain future. “What’s next for me?” she said to the graduates. “I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. Like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited.” Ms. Abramson, a 1976 Harvard College graduate, has a tattoo featuring the school’s H logo, as well as a tattoo of the T from The New York Times’s masthead.

If we had to life-map ourselves in tattoos, my own more varied collection would include a lion, a phoenix, a couple of corporate insignias, two logos for workplaces that no longer exist, a plant to symbolize the time I worked in the greenhouse of the National Zoo, a Danish kroner for my semester abroad, a subway token to demonstrate my feverish gratitude that I live in a place that lets me not have to drive, a quill pen, and the Kurt Vonnegut quote, “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be very careful what we pretend to be.”

Anyway, Jill Abramson is going to teach! Good job hiring her, Harvard. Now how long before one of her smart-ass students writes “pushy” on her evaluations, do you think?

Charitable Giving Has Its Critics

Everything has a critic, including generosity. We give money to the things that are important to us—to churches, to organizations that support the poor and homeless, to arts organizations—but researchers at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy have found that wealthy donors disproportionately choose to give money to top-tier colleges, and arts and culture organizations like museums and symphonies, according to Marketplace.

I Always Spend All My Money And I’m Never Going to Change, Am I

I am out of money and don't get paid for a week. I do this every single month and I am so mad at myself and I'm never going to change, am I. — B.

There Are Many Ways to Pay Your Student Loans

For example, you can pay them slowly. Or you can pay them quickly. Or you can not pay them at all.

What One Food Item Would You Eat for the Rest of Your Life?

From Vice (and sent to me from Logan), an interview with a man who has eaten nothing but cheese pizza for the last 25 years and seems relatively okay:

Ice Creams of Summer, So Far

Ice cream truck (IF ice cream truck AND cash THEN ice cream) Vanilla soft serve with chocolate sprinkles, $3. Perfection. Compare all ice cream experiences to this one. Most fall short. Serendipity of encountering ice cream truck like oasis in city desert just pushes it over the top.

How’s That $148,000 Law Degree Working Out for You

A quick chat with a new lawyer.

The Ivy League Churn

In Forbes, Michael Gibson writes about "the path" a majority of Ivy League graduates take into the industries of finance and consulting, and why it might be problematic: Too many smart, talented people heading to places like Goldman Sachs after college and not to, well, the rest of the labor market looking for smart, talented individuals not heading into the financial services industry. Well, it's a good thing smart individuals also exist at non-Ivy League Schools who have decided not to take this path!

Everybody in Life Makes Choices

Ice cream =/= smoothies.

The Love Song of the Banana With Dreadlocks

Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings, $2,600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.