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 this first Friday in February is the wonderful Jen A. Miller, a New Jersey-based freelance writer and author. Her latest book is Book a Week with Jen, and she’s a regular contributor to The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Runner’s World, American Way, and New Jersey Monthly.
Jen is also the author of The Jersey Shore: Atlantic City to Cape May, which prompted me to propose a highly original question about people confusing her expertise on the area with encyclopedic knowledge of the erstwhile MTV show. Shockingly, she’d answered this many times before and pointed me to a piece she wrote for Salon on the topic that is a pretty great read.
If you follow Jen on Twitter (@byJenAMiller) like I do, you also know she’s a competitive distance runner. And that’s probably more than enough context to appreciate the question she wanted to answer:
You recently wrote about “Runners who Love Beer” for The New York Times. Are you one of them now?”
“No! Whenever I finish a big race, I immediately want a bloody mary and a slutty cheeseburger. While I’m training for a marathon, though, I typically only want crap beer if I go to a bar. Miller Lite’s retro cans make that a less terrible choice right now.”
“Slutty cheeseburger” may be the best two-word phrase in the history of this site, nay the English language. As such, I’ve created a new category for my blog posts in its honor, with this being the maiden entry to be categorized as such. And if you’re thinking there’s no way I’ll have occasion to use it again, you don’t know me very well.
Huge thanks to Jen for stopping by this week. I’ll never look at Mayor McCheese the same way again.