Jill Abramson: The Times is always the prettiest girl at the party, not its famous staffers

Highlights from New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson’s podcast chat with Catie Lazarus:

* “[Nate Silver’s lawyer] said to me, ‘[Repping Nate is] like representing the prettiest girl at the party.’ I looked at him with kind of a raised eyebrow and just in a deadpan voice, I said to him, ‘I’m very sorry, but The New York Times is always the prettiest girl at the party.’ I believed that then and I believed that now.”

* “I have often paused and wished I could take a month off and go to business school and really study. Actually, my predecessor Bill Keller did that, and I think before him that Howell Raines did that as well. I envy them that they did that.”

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted?

Are these the glasses that a prison inmate wanted from Jill Abramson?

* About letters she’s received: “The most absurd is after a C-Span appearance a reader, who was in prison, wrote me begging me for a pair of my glasses. I thought that was absurd and slightly ominous.”

* About her tattoos: “I have now four. I think eventually, when I finish doing them, will tell the story of me, of where I lived, and what things have been important to me. … I have two then on my back that are the two institutions that I revere, that have shaped me. One is unsurprisingly the amazing ‘T’ in The New York Times newspaper. Then I have a Crimson Harvard ‘H’ and that’s for Harvard, and also for my husband Henry, who we met when we were in the same class at Harvard. … And now I feel like shooting myself for spending, like 10 minutes, talking about such a trivial thing.”

* Jill Abramson on Nate Silver, tattoos, and Anita Hill (out.com)
* Nate Silver is #36 on Out’s just-released Power 50 list (out.com)