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Literary Death Match Returns To The Mount
Amy Krzanik reports from Lenox. Edith Wharton’s former stables became the scene of fierce competition on Friday, April 24, as Literary Death Match made its triumphant return to The Mount. The reading series/story slam, created and hosted by Adrian Todd Zuniga, gives four authors a chance to read their work — short stories, essays and poetry, both silly and serious, are all featured — in front of a crowd and three discerning judges, who will then grade them on literary merit, performance and intangibles. Author Paul La Farge and comedians Sue Smith and Jenny Zigrino took their places at the judges’ table as the bout began. Round One pitted Arda Collins’ artful poetry against Jedediah Berry’s tale of alien probing (that would be them probing us), with Berry coming out the winner due to high marks in the presentation category. Round Two saw Ron Currie Jr.’s thoroughly-thought-out plan for a line of “hobo jeans” go up against Courtney Maum’s masterful essay about a trip to a Parisian podiatrist. Maum, the winner of that round, then battled Barry in an author spelling bee finale. As the names of the writers got more and more difficult to spell or even to pronounce, Maum called in Paul La Farge to help her tackle “Wisława Szymborska,” but for naught, as super-speller Jedediah Berry took home the coveted Literary Death Match medal. Jedediah Berry, above, read his story from a scroll, which helped him amass points for presentation.
Paul La Farge helps Courtney Maum spell Wisława Szymborska; Paul LaFarge, Jenny Zigrino and Sue Smith judge contestants.
Courtney Maum and Arda Collins read from their work.