50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Nathan Bransford

Each week, I ask someone interesting a question at least tangentially related to the subject of humor and request that she/he respond in 50 words or less.

Or somewhere in the ballpark of 50 words. That’s why there’s an “-ish.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but this site isn’t exactly a bastion of rigidity.

Nathan BransfordMy guest this week is a guy familiar to writers near and far: Brooklyn resident Nathan Bransford. Formerly a literary agent with Curtis Brown Ltd. and now the social media manager at CNET, Nathan is the author of Jacob Wonderbar and the Cosmic Space Kapow (Dial, May 2011), Jacob Wonderbar for President of the Universe (Dial, April 2012), and Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp (Dial, Thursday).cover of "Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp"

Yup, you read that last part right: The final installment in the Jacob Wonderbar trilogy was just published yesterday, which makes it all the more special to have Nathan here today.

And it seemed only fitting to ask him:

In Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp, what is the most distressing thing Jacob and the gang see while time-hopping through the universe?

1980s fashion.

Dude. You didn’t tell me it was a horror story. Cue the tight-rolled jeans nightmares.

And in case there are any doubters out there:

In addition to the book, please make sure to check out Nathan on Twitter (@NathanBransford) and on his website, nathanbransford.com.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go burn my short shorts.

Interested in being featured in “50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays” or know someone who should be? Let me know.

Also, feel free to check out the archive of past guests. But no pressure.


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