The Washington Post interview I noted in an earlier post has now appeared. The passage where I appear goes as follows:
"Colleagues and students say she displayed intelligence and confidence in a high-wattage environment that had not always been friendly to women. 'Chicago's a small faculty. Everyone is expected to speak up and have a point of view. She was viewed as a straight-shooter who had common sense and judgment,' said Daniel Shaviro, a New York University law professor who knew Kagan at Chicago. 'She wasn't someone who just wanted to go into academics to play with ideas in a more abstruse way. She was interested in real-world institutions and issues.'"
(I characterized myself, by contrast, as someone who does like playing with ideas in a more abstruse way.)