Name: Diana Ventimiglia
Title: Associate Editor, Desire
Born: Long Island
Lives: Astoria, Queens
What is the last book you bought? Between You and I (and yes it is actually spelled that way; I gasped too)
Last non-job related book you read?
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, currently reading
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Whose books are must-haves for you?
Anything Hemingway and Nick Hornby. I won't say I'm obsessed but I am.
If you were going to the Oscars, what color would you wear? Probably yellow or emerald green.
When you have a terrible day, what comfort food do you have to have?
Burgers and Cupcakes...there's actually a place that sells both and it is the best place on earth.
The movie you need to watch at least once a year:
About A Boy, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (that is certainly the gift that keeps on giving the whole year through), Super Troopers, and When Harry Met Sally...I could watch that movie everyday for a whole year.
What is your theme song?
Sex Bomb by Tom Jones (this could be because I want to go on a date with him) Walk the Dinosaur by Was not Wuz...if you haven't heard it check back to 1986 and you'll thank me.
Go to movies/netflix/buy?
When you’re not at work, what do you do?
Go to the gym, write, draw, hang out with friends, walk to Magnolia's to get cupcakes.
Where would you live/what would you do if you didn’t have to worry about working?
I think I would live everywhere...or at least try to visit as many places as possible...I'd also study some languages...Italian, French, Japanese.
Who is your longest friend that you still talk to weekly?
My friend Kevin that I've known since middle school.
What was your favorite class in school and why?
Art because there were so many things to experiment with and tools to express myself.
How would you like to become famous?
I'd like to win Project Runway...but first I'll need to learn how to sew....
What do you wish you had invented?
Hmm...cell phones, although I really hate them sometimes.
What other occupation would want?
I would love to be a photo journalist for National Geographic/Anything business... absolutely not want?
Traders, brokers, blah, blah. I don't think I could ever muster the energy to like it.
If you had the option of living one hundred years in the past or future, which would you choose and why?
I've always wanted to go back in the past and see what New York looked like, what my home town looked like, etc.
Which TV show/movie would you like to be on and which character would you play?
Dee from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia...because I have a girl crush on her and I love that show.
What is your least and most favorite household task? Oddly enough I like cleaning the bathroom...I hate doing dishes
What was your favorite childhood book? When did you last reread it? Norma Jean Jumping Bean!!! If anyone has ever heard of it or seen it please let me know!!! I haven’t read it in years!
What would other students have said about you way back when?
They would have said I was outgoing and had really big hair...I'm not kidding, I used to pick out my curly hair in middle school because I didn't know what to do with it.
Do you believe in ESP/magic/ghosts/aliens?
I totally believe in ghosts and they scare the bejesus out of me!
What’s something your colleagues don’t know about you?
I used to figure skate competitively.
What is your favorite sound?
Do you have pets?
No, but would like to sneak one into my apartment!
Name one guilty pleasure:
Celebrity magazines--love them!
Who are your role models?
My mom and my friend Mara who has the biggest heart of anyone I know.
And, to paraphrase James Lipton from The Actor’s Studio, when you arrive at the pearly gates, what would you like God/Allah/Mohamed/Moses (insert any other deities here) to say to you?
That I was a kind person who cared about people...and that they have a Burgers and Cupcakes 2 blocks down that way.