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Meet the New Assistants!

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 _____________.
a) believing
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.

Which is more awesome: a Jesus Christ lizard, or a sugar glider?

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.).

Bobby: “Insanity band.”

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?

Nick: I don’t have the best center of gravity, so Bobby would probably 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.

5 Responses to “Meet the New Assistants!”
  1. Candice Gius says:

    Bobby is the best!!! Bookstore <3 my friend!

  2. Cassie says:

    The Stalking Cat videos are hilariously awesome.

    Congrats on the job, guys! OUP is an amazing place. Hope you like it!

  3. LK says:

    Aw… new kids! Be real nice to Purdy and kiss Betsy’s a**.

  4. Sarah Noonan says:

    Nick and Bobby, congratulations! I interned with OUP publicity last year and it’s a great group to work with! Lauren, you’re doing a great job with the blog! Love the third question! (My answer is a).

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