Our mascot, Typo, is only the "idea" of a Dalmatian—to which we have attributed a personality. Billy Collins, former U.S. Poet Laureate and mentor to our senior writer, Matt Westbrook, has given us food for thought about this. Listen to Billy Collins reading on "A Prairie Home Companion."
Rumor has it that, outside of work, Typo enjoys perusing back issues of Graphis and watching the original animated version of 101 Dalmatians.
Weapon of choice? The semi-colon. Run-on sentences fear me.
Kitchen utensil you consider most vital? A high-grade mandolin. I like my dog food wafer-thin.
Go-to sushi roll? Crab cake and Old Bay.
Favorite PMS color? Black. White. Repeat.
Beatles or Stones? Three Dog Night.
Most irritating '80s trend? Chia Pet. Raised the bar way too high for the rest of us.
If you could be any animal, what would you be and why (please specify breed if applicable)? I have to assume that you haven't noticed my sleek canine physique, unique black-spotted coat, and devastatingly handsome smile. Would you like to rephrase the question?
Favorite word? "Dinner."
Desert island DVD? The Wire, of course.
Favorite type of M&Ms? Berger cookie.
Favorite childhood Halloween costume? Fireman.