50 Words or Less(-ish) Fridays: Kim Hubbard

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.

Diane Keaton (left) and Kim HubbardThis week I’m pleased to be joined by a guest who is going to make you think I’m a lot cooler than I really am: Kim Hubbard, the books editor at People magazine.

That’s right, I said People, people.

Kim (@kimahubbard) calls this “the world’s best job,” as she gets to decide which books to review, assigns or writes the reviews herself, and oversees excerpts from pretty much every celebrity’s memoir.

“It’s a great high-low stew I get to mix,” she says. “Plus once, I got to hang out with Diane Keaton.”

And in case you didn’t notice, the photo of her standing next to Diane Keaton kinda backs that up.

I resisted the urge to ask Kim why You Know Who’s Awesome? has yet to make its way into People—I’m sure it was just an oversight—and instead went with a subject near and dear to my heart:

Do you have an all-time favorite humorist?

Do they even make “humorists” anymore? It would be a lot of pressure to have that as your job description. My favorite—in fact the only person I’ve ever heard of who’s always described that way—is Kin Hubbard (1868-1930), for obvious reasons. His witticisms include “Flattery won’t hurt you if you don’t swallow it.” People are always getting us confused.

Mental note: Come up with a different way of describing myself. And I know what you’re all thinking, but no, “semi-pro jackass” won’t work.

Huge thanks to Kim for taking time out for this. I think my wife likes me a little bit more now.

Next Friday, I’ll be welcoming Brooks Sherman (@byobrooks), literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management, into the fray. He likes Paul Rudd, so you know he’s good peeps.

Then again, how could you not like Paul Rudd?

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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