Say hello to Eric Nuzum, a programming executive for NPR whose new book is “The Dead Travel Fast.”
What word do you routinely misspell? Nappanee. It is the name of my wife’s hometown in Indiana. Two Ns, two As, two Ps, and two Es. It should be simple, but I constantly screw it up. In all fairness (to me), while there are some very nice people, it isn’t the most memorable place in America. Nappanee is so small that the one (single screen) movie theater in town closes down for Thanksgiving weekend.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate, though I used to be a big fan of “Ring Number Three.” Sometimes I would call myself just so I could hum along.
What time did you get up this morning? I wake up every morning at exactly 5:45 a.m. when my geriatric cat starts to paw my nose and lips until I get out of bed. Shortly after he starts pawing me, I remember that he usually visits his litter box right before coming to wake me up. That tends to get me moving pretty quickly.
When did you last cry and why? To be honest, the last time I got choked up was six weeks ago when I walked into a Barnes and Noble and saw my book, The Dead Travel Fast, sitting on the front “New Arrival” table. You see this little thing sitting there on the table and it is so impossibly small compared to everything you’ve put into it. The weirdest part of all is that you’ve slaved over this thing for years, yet sitting there in a bookstore, you could be arrested for picking it up and walking out the door. It doesn’t belong to you any more.
How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? Four more than I have time to answer.
What’s your favorite letter? I think I’ll go with Paul’s Letter to the Collossians. You know, the one that advises we set our minds on things above, not Earthly matters, etc… It isn’t my choice because I’m particularly religious or anything. I just remember that when I was a kid and heard this book in the Bible mentioned, I always thought of “colossal.” I imagined Paul was preaching to a group of giants or something. The concept of 40-foot Christians (especially considering that Jesus is rumored to be 900-feet tall himself) seemed pretty cool when I was eleven.
What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? My eighth grade English teacher once told me I had no talent or skill as a writer and would never end up being anything other than a smart-ass. I’ve made it a point of my writing career to prove he was only half right.
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