I find the culture, economics, and role of academia in society fascinating. Public Intellectuals by Richard Posner remains one of my favorite books. Gary North recently reminded me that the PhD market is brutal. I’ve heard similar things from my high school teachers, most of whom are PhDs.
I would like to spend some portion of my career sitting around thinking and writing, but I don’t think traditional academia/professorship is how I want to do this. I find the world of think tanks, research institutes, and long-form journalism more compelling.