Literary Death Match: So Wrong It's Fun

The stereotypical literary reading is about as thrilling as televised fly-fishing or maybe even C-Span: Tweed-jacketed professorial types mumbling through their work, struggling to be heard over the crickets outside and struggling to resist the inattention captivating the audience. Unlike many stereotypes, there's more than a bit of truth to that one, which is why we're grateful for the literature-as-bloodsport approach of the Literary Death Match. It introduces cutthroat competition and high stakes to readings, like an Ultimate Fighting Championship for word nerds.

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