All-Time American Writers Tournament
The #1 Bracket Seeds
Ernest Hemingway and Walt Whitman were the two automatics. This leaves us with two more slots to fill. Who else is on their lofty level? There are several candidates. The literary establishment surely wants Henry James up there– but he has a couple strikes against him. Other names seem to fit more comfortably as #2 or #3 seeds. Then there are the American Nobel Prize winners– but some of the winners have been ridiculously mediocre. (Bob Dylan is among their number, remember.) We have a rough idea of who else belongs at the top of the brackets, but are leaving a few hours, or a day, before the announcement– which will appear first at New Pop Lit‘s News blog.
After all four top seeds are determined, there will be a news conference at the venue site, at which we’ll hope to get a few remarks from the Big Four. Could be exciting.
With no interruptions– or more rain– we might yet get this ambitious event rolling.