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NYC, Ep. 3

May 22, 2006—NYC’s third-ever Literary Death Match, featured McSweeney’s representative Sean Casey shocking the world, toppling Quick Fiction’s charmatician Thomas Hopkins. The battle ended as Casey’s world geography skills outmatched Hopkins.

The most controversial LDM ever opened with McSweeney’s Sean Casey narrowly toppling MeThree’s Tyler Gore. Fans cheered and jeered when Casey was selected the winner.

“It was the hardest vote there ever was, choosing was impossible, but that’s what we’re here to do: choose,” said first-time judge and Opium’s founding editor, Todd Zuniga after the opening round, who judged alongside David Goodwillie (Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time) and Ben Greenman (New Yorker).

After a 15-minute drink-about,’s Andy Horwitz was toppled by Quick Fiction’s Thomas Hopkins, in another difficult vote.

For the finale, geography decided the winner as each finalist had to match an international city capital with a country. Casey was, easily, the first to five correct answers.

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