Here is an interesting new take on the nature of the tenure track that just came out from a (former) Assistant Professor at Harvard. In essence: Don’t worry, be happy, work smart, and its not always necessary to answer your email right away.
I would appreciate this article more if the author had not gotten tenure in the end, and could still take this attitude. Or more to the point, perhaps if she had the same attitude after spending three years on the tenure-track job market not finding a job. But the article is what it is.