A few weeks ago, we were joined by two wonderful new publicity assistants, Nick and Bobby. Now that they’re settled in, I decided it was time to harass properly introduce them to you. Hopefully this (incredibly interesting) Q&A will show how lucky we are to have them on board.
Do you speak (or pretend to speak) any other languages?
Nick: Yes, Farsi. My parents were born and raised in Iran. They came to the US to continue their studies at college. They met here in the States and a few years later I entered the picture. My first language was, in fact, Farsi. I grew up in a house where my parents and grandparents both spoke to me in Farsi. I did not learn English until I was in early elementary school. Looking back, this now explains so much…
Bobby: I studied Spanish up until sophomore year of college, but I can’t really call what I do with the language “speaking” it. I also studied some Japanese when I studied abroad, and I can now ask where the train station is, I think.
What is your favorite book that was not originally published in English?
Nick: War and Peace. I read it for the first time a few years back after my brother continuously insisted on my commitment to finishing the behemoth of a book. Finally, I gave in and I am now forever indebted to him. This book is my bible and is undoubtedly this best piece of literature ever created. It is both a beautiful story as well as a deep philosophical piece that proves to be a perpetually modern novel that will never lose its relevance in society. This is the only intellectual answer I will provide, promise.
Bobby: Labyrinths by Borges, which might not count since it’s a collection of short stories. No other author has inspired so many moments of disturbed awe and wonder for me. I like when a book freaks me out enough that I have to leave the room.
Fill in the blank: Don’t stop _____________.
b) ’til you get enough
c) the music
Nick: ’til you get enough.
Bobby: Believing, duh.
What’s your favorite viral video?
Nick: Does Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video count?
Bobby: Stalking cat.
Nick: Jesus Christ lizard, for sure.
Bobby: A Jesus Christ glider.
What’s your favorite word/term of 2010?
Nick: It’s a tie between “Brown chicken brown cow” (the new way of saying “bow-chika-bow-wow”) and “Cobra yawn” (which is when you inadvertently squirt saliva from your mouth when you yawn–I know, it’s gross, but don’t judge. I wasn’t the one who came up with it.).
What’s the oddest job you’ve ever had?
Nick: Teaching English in Thailand.
Bobby: Working for a crazy old man’s travel firm, which was run out of his house. He wanted to make me his protégé, but I soon discovered things in his garage which implied that he wanted me to be something more, at which point I promptly terminated the employment.
Team Edward or Team Jacob?
Nick: Team Edward?
Bobby: Team Coco.
If you two went head-to-head on an episode of Wipe Out, who would win?
Bobby: I had to look up what “Wipe Out” was, and it looks like no one wins on that show.
If you had to pick a theme song to play every time you entered a room, what would it be?
Nick: Definitely would have to go with Beyoncé, “Single Ladies.”
Bobby: “Freshly Squeezed,” from the Twin Peaks soundtrack. I think it was Cooper’s theme.