Meet the Assistant Staff (pt. 2)

Welcome the next five of our graceful and impassioned staff!

posted by Will Walawender

Sreshtha Sen-Assistant Digital Editor
Sreshtha Sen-Assistant Digital Editor

What’s something you want to experience in the city while you’re here?
Stalk Taylor Swift, pretend to bump into her, and then proceed to explain politely why her brand of New Feminism is destroying my childhood, because 14 year old me thought “Long Live” was the greatest song ever.

What’s the most memorable story, book, essay, or poem you’ve read in the past year?
Drown by Junot Diaz and “Gender Studies” by Alok Vaid-Menon

What secret skill do you possess that rarely helps you, if ever?
I excel at crafting some of the sleaziest, wittiest (not really) pick-up lines which are funny and charming but never as funny and charming as I want them to be.

What’re some good comfort foods for rainy days that come your way?
Mashed potatoes, steaming hot Tom Yum soup and chocolate chip waffles (Not all together though, that’s a ridiculous combination.)

Favorite work of art that is not written word?
Magritte’s The Treachery of Images

What is the most “basic” thing you regularly do or have ever done?
Stare at the ceiling for a few (several) hours every day.

What celebrity did you have a crush on as a child (or now)?
Mr. Giles from Buffy (fictional), and Cole Sprouse from Suite Life of Zack and Cody (Not so fictional). And for some weird reason, Mischa Barton back in Once and Again.

Editorial/Multimedia Assistant
Elizabeth Sochko-Editorial/Multimedia Assistant

What’s something you want to experience in the city while you’re here?
Eat Shake Shack on a bench in Madison Square Park across from a man who is also eating Shake Shack on a bench. That man is Jimmy Fallon and he joins me and tells me I’m really interesting.

What’s the most memorable story, book, essay, or poem you’ve read in the past year?
The First Bad Man by Miranda July and the poem, “How to Draw A Perfect Circle” by Terrance Hayes.

What secret skill do you possess that rarely helps you, if ever?
Drawing architectural layouts of rooms (& the furniture in them) with somewhat accurate proportions.

What’re some good comfort foods for rainy days that come your way?
Any soup. Sourdough toast with butter!

Favorite work of art that is not written word?
Kyle Branch paintings.

What is the most “basic” thing you regularly do or have ever done?
I subscribe to a ton of fashion magazines on my Kindle and read them the second they appear magically and monthly. Live tweet The Bachelor… meaning I watch The Bachelor.

What celebrity did you have a crush on as a child (or now)?
A surprising number of blond boys— Macaulay Culkin, Draco Malfoy, Ethan Craft from Lizzy McGuire (highlights count!). Now I have a crushes on Mindy Kaling, Drake, and Jimmy Fallon.

Merrill Lee Giradeau-Poetry Reader
Merrill Lee Giradeau-Senior Poetry Reader

What’s something you want to experience in the city while you’re here?
I have lived on the island of Manhattan for over 2 years and have STILL not walked the Brooklyn Bridge. So I will do it before Christmas, or I’ll eat my hat. Or someone else’s hat.

What’s the most memorable story, book, essay, or poem you’ve read in the past year?
Tie between Every Love Story is a Ghost Story (a biography about David Foster Wallace) and the long poem ‘The Glass Essay’ by Anne Carson.

What secret skill do you possess that rarely helps you, if ever?
Having memorized entire movies as a child. Titles include Sleepless in Seattle and The Grinch.

What’re some good comfort foods for rainy days that come your way?
Homemade paleo brownies! Made some during our NY monsoon this past weekend.

Favorite work of art that is not written word?
The film The Tree of Life, by Terrence Malick. Proof that ‘beauty is truth, truth beauty.’

What is the most “basic” thing you regularly do or have ever done?
Use ‘like’ as conversational filler. It’s… horrifying.

What celebrity did you have a crush on as a child (or now)?
Then: Nick Carter / Now: Terrence Malick

Aria Chiodo-Senior Nonfiction Reader
Aria Chiodo-Senior Nonfiction Reader

What’s something you want to experience in the city?
Well I pretty much missed the NY Film Fest so that’s a bummer. I’m actually trying to ignore the distractions of the city so I can get writing done!

What’s the most memorable story, book, essay, or poem you’ve read in the past year?
The Boys of My Youth by Jo Ann Beard

What secret skill do you possess that rarely helps you, if ever?
I can touch my nose with my tongue.

What’re some good comfort foods for the rainy days that come your way?
Vegetarian chili, roasted potatoes, homemade apple sauce.

Favorite work of art that is not written word?
Jules Breton– The Weeders (painting)

What is the most “basic” thing you regularly do or have ever done?
Buy CDs at Walmart, way back when? Not sure I understand the question…

What celebrity did you have a crush on as a child (or now)?
Leo DiCaprio. Yes, still.

Will Borger-Social Media Assistant
Will Borger-Social Media Assistant
What’s something you want to experience in the city while you’re here?
A play. A Yankees game. The zoo. Cool city stuff.
What’s the most memorable story, book, essay, or poem you’ve read in the past year?
Toss up between all All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick, or Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I liked them all quite a bit.
What secret skill do you possess that rarely helps you, if ever?
I can quote movie lines very accurately. Basically only good for trivia.
What’re some good comfort foods for rainy days that come your way?
Nachos. Tacos. Mexican food. Any and all kinds of fruit.
Favorite work of art that is not written word?
A 1963 Corvette Stringray.
What is the most “basic” thing you regularly do or have ever done?
Sat in a Starbucks, drinking way too much coffee, trying very seriously, without any sense of irony, to write a script. Or maybe that just makes me a hipster. Or just an asshole.
What celebrity did you have a crush on as a child (or now)?
Jennifer Connelly.
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