I have no idea whether New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson is difficult to work with or not. I’ve never met her.
Still, I was unsurprised when Politico’s Dylan Byers posted a story this week saying that “more than a dozen current and former members of the editorial staff … described her as stubborn and condescending, saying they found her difficult to work with.”
Because, as a writer, I’ve described pretty much every editor I’ve ever worked for as stubborn and condescending at some point. Occasionally, they even were.
I’m leaving and I’m taking the kids.
It’s the ultimate threat—the one that does its damage even as the words leave your mouth—and a hallmark of a deep dysfunction. And, while I haven’t said it yet, I’m getting close.
It is not, strictly speaking, necessary to run marathons. By the same token, it is not necessary to write books. Nor even to read them.
But we do. People do.