Cory Leonard

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Wilfrid Sheed, Man of Letters and Gentle Wit, Dies – NYTimes.com

In career on January 22, 2011 at 12:15 am

Fascinating writer who I am just now discovering. What makes him most intriguing is how he wrote from what he knew and let it inform his critcism. Also, I admire those who cross boundaries–from producing fiction to writing about it as a reviewer.

Mr. Sheed’s characters are almost invariably stricken with an agonized sense of self-awareness, exacerbated by their Roman Catholicism. They all but die of hyperconsciousness, laughing as they go to their fates.

via Wilfrid Sheed, Man of Letters and Gentle Wit, Dies – NYTimes.com.

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The Market Eats their Young, Sometimes

In career, tech on January 8, 2011 at 1:09 am

Where the jobs are for students right out of college: entrepreneurship.

The lesson may be that entrepreneurship can be a viable career path, not a renegade choice — especially since the promise of “Go to college, get good grades and then get a job,” isn’t working the way it once did. The new reality has forced a whole generation to redefine what a stable job is.

“I’ve seen all these people go to Wall Street, and those were supposed to be the good jobs. Now they are out of work,” says Windsor Hanger, 22, who turned down a marketing position at Bloomingdale’s to work on HerCampus.com, an online magazine. “It’s not a pure dichotomy anymore that entrepreneurship is risky and other jobs are safe, so why not do what I love?”

via Young Entrepreneurs Create Their Own Jobs – NYTimes.com.

 

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What Are You Going to Do With That? – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

In career on January 8, 2011 at 12:55 am

This discussion of chosing a life and the importance of moral imagination has made the rounds on the Chronicle last year.

The problem with specialization is that it makes you into a specialist. It cuts you off, not only from everything else in the world, but also from everything else in yourself. And of course, as college freshmen, your specialization is only just beginning. In the journey toward the success that you all hope to achieve, you have completed, by getting into Stanford, only the first of many legs. Three more years of college, three or four or five years of law school or medical school or a Ph.D. program, then residencies or postdocs or years as a junior associate. In short, an ever-narrowing funnel of specialization. You go from being a political-science major to being a lawyer to being a corporate attorney to being a corporate attorney focusing on taxation issues in the consumer-products industry. You go from being a biochemistry major to being a doctor to being a cardiologist to being a cardiac surgeon who performs heart-valve replacements.

via What Are You Going to Do With That? – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, Tea Party Favorite | The New Republic

In politics on January 1, 2011 at 5:16 am

What Mike might mean to the Tea Partiers:

In the future, Lee is likely to attract a little more attention. In fact, he just might be the platonic ideal for the new Constitution-obsessed, Tea Party-infused GOP: a lawyer who knows how to muster constitutional arguments to justify extreme ideas—and do it with a surprisingly genial, rational disposition. If, going forward, the Tea Party movement wants a national leader who doesn’t scream crackpot, Mike Lee is likely to be the guy.

via Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee, Tea Party Favorite | The New Republic.