Life after Academe

Zachary Ernst [left his tenured position][] at University of Missouri for a job with a Chicago-based company called [Narrative Science][]. (A very intriguing name.) His first post is a nice rant — sometimes one likes the jagged edge — but he also has a [follow-up post][] that considers the gains and losses in moving from an academic job to an industrial job.

[left his tenured position]: http://zacharyernst.blogspot.com/2013/10/why-i-jumped-out-of-ivory-tower.html
[Narrative Science]: http://narrativescience.com
[follow-up post]: http://zacharyernst.blogspot.com/2014/01/after-jumping-off-ivory-tower.html

> THE LOWEST 20% OF EARNERS SPEND A COMBINED 43% OF TOTAL INCOME ON FOOD AND GASOLINE.

That is a startling statistic. Found at [Sustainable America](http://www.sustainableamerica.org). There’s something to be done there — by that, I mean, there’s something I would like to do here — but I just haven’t figured out what. I mean: this kind of statistic represents a problem that seems only to be getting bigger and that, surely, means it also represents an enormous opportunity.