Graduate school can destroy lives. That's the takeaway from "The Ph.D. Problem" in Harvard Magazine, though the publication is too polite to say so directly. But there you have it. Maxim magazine put it similarly in a story by Tom Conlon called "No More Education" with the teaser: "There's a time and a place for everything, and that's college. But once those four years are up it's time for you to get a life." And further:
You know who you are. You're the twenty-and thirty-somethings who refuse to grow up and get a job. You're the research assistants, TAs, philosophy master's candidates, and other lifelong academics who hide behind syllabi and term papers, hoping real life won't notice you....We're calling your bullsh*t. You're officially on notice.