ALL-TIME AMERICAN WRITERS TOURNAMENT
THE LONG hiatus the tournament has been on because of the holidays is due to end. The trick will be getting all the nominated writers back. Where has Hemingway gone, for instance? Hunting lions in Africa again? Is Jack London back in the Yukon? Has reclusive Emily Dickinson returned to self-imposed exile?
Our #8 seeds will soon be announced– which will bring us to the halfway point in selecting writers for the tournament. (We need to pick up that pace!) We can already tell that many outstanding writers won’t make the cut– so we’re considering play-in matches as a way to expand the 64 spots.
Some proposed matches between similar writers as a way to winnow the pack:
–Katherine Anne Porter versus Flannery O’Connor.
–Thomas Wolfe versus Erskine Caldwell.
–Mickey Spillane versus James Ellroy.
–James Harrison versus Chuck Palahniuk?
Should any of these writers make the cut? Which more stand out?