Wednesday, May 12

Thanks for Having Me! by Josh Berk.

Saying "thanks for having me" was a running joke among my friends for one summer. I have no idea why, but we'd say it every time we went anywhere and it was consistently hilarious. To us anyway... But indeed, thanks for having me! I mean it this time. It's really flattering and quite fantastico* to be here among so many authors I admire. (*I overuse the word "awesome" so am trying to make "fantastico" the new "awesome.")

And yes, today is my birthday! I know I have a lot of gray hairs, but really I'm only 24, not 34, despite what you've heard (and despite what my birth certificate says).

And now I shall do some questions from the Proust questionnaire so that you may get to know me somewhat. I sort of want to keep his original answers because he mentioned Pliny The Younger a bunch of times and that sounds so cool. "Pliny The Younger." But I don't even know who that is so I'll do it honestly.

Your favorite musician?

Johnny Ramone or maybe Dee Dee Ramone. Probably all the Ramones.

The quality you most admire in a man?

Humor and a fine mustache.

The quality you most admire in a woman?

See above.

Your favorite virtue?

Modesty, because I'm so amazingly great at it.

Your favorite occupation?

When I was a young music writer I got paid in CDs to write about CDs. It had to end, obviously, because you can't eat CDs, but it was a good gig.

Who would you have liked to be?

Pliny the Younger.


Alyson Noel said...

Hey Josh- Welcome! I overuse "awesome" too--so I will join you in "fantastico"-!!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Welcome, Josh. Good luck with that fantastico thing. As far as your feelings for fine mustaches go, you will definitely love hanging with Greg and me.

Wendy Toliver said...

I wish you'd tell my dog you can't eat CDs!

Melissa Walker said...

You are fantastico, Josh. I laughed twice. That's a lot for me when I'm in a serious writerly mood, like now.

Hey, did you read Steph's I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE? It's probably up your alley!

Anonymous said...

Hey Josh. Nice post and regardless of what Lauren told you I've got a beard not a mustache. It has more to do with the hair on my head migrating south than a fashion statement.

Greg Logsted said...

Anonymous said... Actually I'm Greg Logsted, I've just got identity issues.

Amanda Ashby said...

Hey Josh - happy birthday and welcome to TFC. Anyone who makes facial hair jokes on their first post is okay by me! Wish I could make a fine joke about Pliny The Younger but that might involve thinking (or Google!)

bookaholic said...

Happy Birthday!

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Hello Josh, Happy Birthday!!! And thanks for joining TFC!

Sara Hantz said...

Happy Birthday Josh..... love the word fantastico. Also love awesome.... I came to it rather late in life as it's not something we say in the UK but since being in NZ and having loads of US friends I'm making up for lost time.

Gerb said...

Happy belated birthday, Josh! (I just spelled that "bleated." What does that mean?) ¡Muy fantastico post!

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

Hi Josh! Glad to have you on board! And that does sound like an amazing job, being paid in CDs except for the logistics of not being able to eat the CDs...