Who Are You and What Do You Do for The Offbeat?
Hi everyone! My name is Nitish Pahwa. I am The Offbeat’s Tweeter-in-chief and a member of the editorial staff. I do pretty much whatever the lovely folks in charge of the journal tell me to do, except when it comes to my tweets. My tweeting is entirely sovereign, thank you kindly.
What Do You Love Most About The Offbeat?
I love The Offbeat’s staff. We’re a group of fun-loving dorks with a shared, genuine appreciation for what we do and an affection for literature in general. During our meetings, we work well together and enjoy ourselves while also holding productive and serious conversations about the production process for The Offbeat.
What Are Your Favorite Kinds of Offbeat Stories?
I love seeing what our authors do with flash fiction pieces. I marvel at their ability to tell a complete story in just one or two paragraphs. In spite—or maybe because—of their brevity, the best flash fiction stories are so creative and impactful.
What is Your Favorite Thing About Words?
I could ramble about this topic for years on end without tiring, but I’ll try to keep it succinct here. I love words because they are the conduits for our thoughts; they are the reason we can express ourselves. Language is such a mind-bending concept when you consider it for a second: a couple of funky-sounding syllables can carry a whole weight of meaning behind them. When it comes to printed words, it’s incredible how a page of carefully shaped ink blots can tell you a story, inform you on a particular topic, or cause you to question your worldly perceptions. It really makes you think.
What Is One Fact The Offbeaters (Our Readers/Contributors) MUST Learn About You?
I’m a huuuuuge music guy. I’m a pianist, a singer, a record connoisseur, and a music critic. My creative background is a defining part of my identity and informs pretty much everything I do. It’s also why I’m a sucker for submitted stories that incorporate music or musical artists in meaningful ways. You have to do it right, though—I won’t be impressed by your sole Leonard Cohen quote.
What is Your Favorite Scientific Element and Why?
Arsenic because Arsenic and Old Lace is one of my favorite movies.