For several Christmases and birthdays in a row, my older brother would present me with the same gift: A wrapped box filled with those little DO NOT EAT silica gel packets that come with shoes and in pill bottles. Except he scratched out DO NOT EAT and wrote CANDY on every single one.
@Mariajoseh oh and I told this one on Twitter but it's so good. When one of my sisters was in like, 1st grade, my other sister (who was in 4th grade) told her that clothes didn't exist in the times of the Spanish conquest, so she drew a bunch of naked people for her history homework with a note explaining that they didn't wear clothes back then. The homework came back with a note from the teacher who was like "They did wear clothes, dear stupid student." I still laugh thinking about that drawing.
What? Wow! Congrats, AHP!!
Also, this is a great interview with a lot to say, and I appreciate it.
@cameralucida you don't see "even though I don't know this person, I can't help but feel she is making a terrible decision" as insulting/demeaning to AHP? I did, so maybe that's where we're not connecting.
I started reading the cool girl piece and was like, "this reminds me of those scandal in old hollywood pieces that I never think I'll be interested in and then read voraciously." And then I was like ANNE what are you doing over here! So A) Wow, congrats, and thanks for sharing all this info on your transition, and B) I'm a lawyer who would love to teach law school, but am facing really similar concerns to the ones you've expressed. I think in some ways it's better because law professors aren't quite as underpaid as a lot of phd students, but in others - like the fact that our publishing standards are horrendous and no one reads the publications that you have to write to get hired - it's worse. Anyway, tons of food for thought here, thank you! and good luck! opening a new tab to your blog now...
@claire2222 Say what you want about Buzzfeed, but the ivory tower ain't what it used to be. I find it hard to come down on anyone who's made the decision to step away from the non-stop pressure and insane expectations of academia and onto what will hopefully be a saner and more stable (but still intellectually and culturally engaged) career path.
@claire2222 Did you read the one she linked to? Because that was pretty well formulated and researched.
Somehow I totally missed that AHP wrote the Cool Girl piece, which I absolutely loved. Get that $$$.
Academia's loss is our gain!
Seriously, AHP is a terrific writer and it's encouraging to learn that Buzzfeed is moving beyond listicles and click-bait by hiring her and giving her NO LIMITS.
AHP! I am excited to read whatever you write wherever you write it. So I will awkwardly continue to internet stalk you even when you move to Buzzfeed. I really enjoyed the JLaw piece that you wrote for them, and I look forward to you writing more amazing things! Congratulations on this HUGE LEAP. I have every faith this will work out beautifully for you.