… [Tavi]Gevinson and [Ira] Glass’s generation-straddling friendship began when they were introduced through Glass’s wife, Anaheed Alani, who is now Rookie’s story editor. As a media veteran himself, Glass acted as a sort of protector for Rookie, encouraging Gevinson, now 16, to pursue sole ownership and helping her to navigate industry perils….

Greek Prime Minister: Undoing His Father’s Legacy (All Things Considered, NPR)

"The paradox is that it is the same ruling party that is destroying the middle class, is destroying the social forces that helped it [gain] access to power, and this is our real crisis," Papadopoulou says.

"I had this idea that a corporate lawyer had to be bold and alpha and comfortable in the spotlight. And I quickly found out that was not true. Yes, that’s one way of being powerful, but there was a completely different constellation of traits that would also make you very powerful. Traits like listening carefully and asking questions and building alliances one on one behind the scenes with people."

Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking, on the Diane Rehm show on NPR, talking about being an introvert and working in law.

(via thelavinagency)

Economist Joel Waldfogel says giving gifts people don’t want isn’t just bad for the recipients, it’s bad for the economy. According to his research, billions of dollars are wasted each year because of holiday shopping. A professor at Wharton, he has spent years surveying his students about the value of gifts they have received. Based on those surveys, Waldfogel says the spending others do for us produces about 20 percent less satisfaction than the spending we do for ourselves.

Despite the title of his book, Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents For The Holidays, Waldfogel says he doesn’t want to end gift giving, in fact he enjoys it. He says he just wants us to think harder about who we are buying for and maybe choose a gift card over that reindeer sweater.

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