Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Sign up for our Email Newsletter
For Email Newsletters you can trust

Wednesday
Apr252012

SF, Ep. 44

April 25, 2012 — In a whizbang, book-knockdown affair, the Literary Death Match's triumphant return to the Elbo Room — presented by Mission at 10th Magazine — set the stage aflame with literary and comedic mastermindery, as Joe Quirk out-bowled co-finalist Carolyn Cooke by a narrower-than-it-seems score of 15-9 to win the LDM SF, Ep. 44 crown!

But well before the book pins were in place, the night kicked off with short-storyist Kate Milliken (author of If I'd Known You Were Coming, a finalist for the OV Books Short Story Prize) reeled off a litany of cocktails and situations that had the audience entranced, followed by Quirk (author of Exult and It's Not You, It's Biology) who read a heart-racing excerpt from his novel The Ultimate Rush

The mic was then turned over to our trio of all-star judges, including the fantastic Mimi Lok (executive director/editor of the McSweeney’s Voice of Witness series), Killing My Lobster's Jon Wolanske (who starred in Gmail Tap's April Fool's commercial), and the SF Examiner's brilliant political columnist Melissa Griffin. Lok loved Milliken's story, but couldn't decide if the sweat references were a plus or a minus. While Wolanske was impressed with Joe Quirk's description of Muni farting/belching black smoke. 

A difficult deliberation awaited, and after a verbal tussle, it was Quirk who was advanced to the finals. 

After a booze-lit intermission, Round 2 kicked off with Alia Volz introducing LitUp Writers producer and Pushcart Prize-nominee Graham Gremore (and star of solo show "Private Parts") leading things off, an incredibly smart, short tale focused on gay sex, followed by the inimitable Carolyn Cooke (author of The Bostonsa PEN/Bingham Award for fiction, and Daughters of the Revolution, a Top Ten Books of 2011 by the SF Chronicle) who read about a husband who loses his legs in an accident. 

The mic was again handed to the judges, with Griffin stealing the spotlight while talking about Gremore's evocative description of childhood and how we all had friends like the little girl who smelled faintly of cat urine. 

Another deliberation, another impossible choice, but it was Cooke who was advanced on as the night's second finalist. 

Then LDM creator Todd Zuniga took center stage with past LDM Matt Herlihy as his assistant. While Herlihy set up books as bowling pins, Zuniga awarded each finalist a volunteer, and handed over three "bowling balls": a packet of Japanese cookies, a shin bowl, and a can of Campbell's tomato soup. After Cooke gutter-balled her cookies on consecutive tries, Quirk shot out to an immediate lead. Then it was the volunteers chance to shine, each launching shin bowls for literary glory. For the final frame, Cooke gutter-balled her tomato soup can, and in need of a strike, she came up with only a smattering of "pins" which meant Quirk was crowned champion, and literary immortality was all his. 

------

Follow LDM on Twitter and/or Facebook now! 

 

 

 

References (16)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    check out http://www.dealsextra.com.au/business/Burwood-Deluxe-Car-Wash.php for Burwood Deluxe Car Wash deals, Burwood Deluxe Car Wash reviews
  • Response
    855 You will need nine darkish strips and 8 white strips for that weave. The only persistent that is still in our kid's life, yr in, calendar year out, louis vuitton speedy bag sizes appears to get their almost phobic distaste for walking.
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    Response: 42nd Street Photo
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    Response: Luggage
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    Response: ebook
    SF, Ep. 44 - Journal - Literary Death Match
  • Response
    I like to particiate this type of competitions. In my home town, Atlanta litarary competitions are conducted every month and I am a regular visitor. These competitions help artists to sharpen their skills.
  • Response
    Response: essay
    Thanks for sharing

Reader Comments (1)

An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a friend

May 18, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhashmi

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>