This is just what the name implies: Each week, I ask someone interesting a question 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.
My guest today is Caitlin Kelly from some fly-by-night operation called The New Yorker. Caitlin was born and raised in New York (which totally explains this photo of her and her younger brother in the midst of a skeletal Sharknado) and lives in Manhattan now. After graduating from Dartmouth with a degree in political science, she says she went on to further disappoint her unfinished-thesis advisor and work for websites at Condé Nast, including Lucky, Allure, and Glamour, and at ESPN, including espnW.com. I’d say things turned out all right for her, though.
At The New Yorker, Caitlin is a web producer and occasional online contributor, with some even more occasional freelance writing on the side. In her spare time, she’s in a band.
Caitlin is also one of my favorite Twitterers, leading to this bit of hard-hitting journalism:
Is there a story behind your Twitter handle, @atotalmonet? If not, I’m going to assume you’ll pick a different question.
The origin story of “@atotalmonet” really begins 26-and-a-half years ago, when my dear parents honestly thought that naming their firstborn Caitlin Kelly was an original move. Having met at least six other Caitlin Kellys in person since then, I can scientifically say that this is not the case.
So, a few years ago, when it came time to choose a handle for this weird new-ish Internet thing I totally wasn’t ever going to use, there was no sane form of @caitlinkelly available. I didn’t want to append my Social Security number to my name, so I thought outside the box. I’ve always been a fan of Clueless and also of French Impressionism, so it works on many levels. The rest is history.
At some point, I imagine I’ll switch to my real name (@caitlinkelly is inactive—FREE @CAITLINKELLY), and that would probably mark my actual passage into adulthood. But I’m not ready yet.
Now I’m no expert, but I think making time for a 50 Words Friday “interview” is the definition of having it all together, whether from afar or up close, so I don’t know about Caitlin being a full-on Monet. Nevertheless, adulthood is overrated; as such, I say she should preserve her connection to this as long as humanly possible:
Huge thanks to Caitlin for stopping by this week. I’m sure she’ll be alerting the Dartmouth alumni association about this appearance shortly.