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Thursday
May292008

NYC, Ep. 7

 

The first-ever Literary Death Match in the Round (NYC Ep. 7) was a success of monumental proportions, as Aaron Garretson (representing Opium) out-hooped Bob Powers (Lost Magazine) by draining 3-of-4 shots in “Recycling Basketball” to bring home the LDM crown in front of a massive Housing Works Bookstore Cafe crowd.

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Saturday
May102008

SF, Ep. 9

In the most ambitious Literary Death Match ever--an “All-Star” event featuring past SF winners, judges and hosts--Andrew Lam (the winner of SF’s Episode 7), trumped all with his blindly skilled placement of Leatherface’s body (yes, the chainsaw murderer in cardboard cut-out form) onto the oversized, two-dimensional heads of great literary figures/past LDM champs: Daniel Handler, Bucky Sinister and Rupert Estanislao. The feat was witnessed by 190 laughing fans at the Rickshaw Stop, who cheered wildly (and confusingly) at the finale.

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Wednesday
Apr092008

SF, Ep. 8

To commemorate National Poetry Month, the Literary Death Match’s Episode 8 brought poetic pyrotechnics to the forefront at the Rickshaw Stop. The first-ever poetry-based LDM--hosted by Canteen’s own (and a poet himself) Sean Finney--finished with a flourish as Rupert Estanislao walked away unscathed and victorious.

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Wednesday
Mar122008

SF, Ep. 7


The Literary Death Match’s 7th Episode at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop was thrilling and memorable, bringing together--for the first-time ever--local publishing houses MacAdam/Cage, Soft Skull Press, Manic D Press, and Heyday Books in what turned into a wowing battle. In the end, Andrew Lam walked away with the championship head-and-hardware.

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Wednesday
Feb202008

SF, Ep. 6

The Literary Death Match’s Episode 6 at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop proved to be a fantastic and well-fought battle, indeed. With usual host Todd Zuniga bounding around Poland, genius fill-in Kurt Bodden (past LDM judge and host of Talk Show Live) proved fearless as host. The night ended with Tony Dushane of Cherry Bleeds six-word-memoiring his way to victory.

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Tuesday
Nov062007

SF, Ep. 5

For Opium’s fifth-ever west coast LDM (SF, Episode 5) at Harlot, stars aligned as four wickedly talented (and outstandingly hilarious) actors from the legendary Killing My Lobster comedy troupe stormed the stage and read from past print issues of Opium Magazine.

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Tuesday
Oct232007

NYC, Ep. 6

The Literary Death Match’s triumphant return to New York City, Ep. 6 included the LDM’s biggest crowd east of the Mississippi as a wowing 155 filled The Kitchen’s sold-out theater space, as each audience member was rewarded with a fresh new copy of Opium5: Bad Company.

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Friday
Oct122007

SF, Ep. 4

October 12, 2007 — Opium’s most outstanding Literary Death Match ever (SF, Episode 4) at Swedish American Hall featured the release of Opium5: Bad Company, riotous readings from literary superstars, a heckler and a whopping (and sightly) crowd of 370.

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Wednesday
Sep192007

SF, Ep. 3

Opium’s Literary Death Match SF, Episode 3 at The Rickshaw Stop shined bright, and left the cheering audience in stitches. For the first time ever, the LDM strayed from their writers-representing-literary journals model, and invited four of SF’s outstanding reading series’ to elect a past reader to participate.

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Tuesday
Aug212007

SF, Ep. 2

August 21, 2007—Opium’s Literary Death Match SF, Episode 2, was an absolutely inspired success. Breaking the LDM attendance record, the latest event pulled in 170 rowdy, rally-crying supporters (“And all of them good-looking,” said one attendee). It was also the first-ever LDM episode to feature product placement, as co-host Todd Zuniga sported a eye-catching necktie created by the minds of Medium Reality.

 

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