Politics, Technology, and Language

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

This year’s dark and stormy night

Posted by metaphorical on 7 August 2007

This year’s Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest winner was announced, and it’s a lulu.

“Gerald began — but was interrupted by a piercing whistle which cost him ten percent of his hearing permanently, as it did everyone else in a ten-mile radius of the eruption, not that it mattered much because for them ‘permanently’ meant the next ten minutes or so until buried by searing lava or suffocated by choking ash — to pee.”

Congrats to Jim Gleeson, 47, of Madison, Wisc.. As the AP story, notes, he “beat out thousands of other prose manglers.” Deservedly so.

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2 Responses to “This year’s dark and stormy night”

  1. Elizabeth said

    I’d comment if I could stop laughing! Thanks for making my day.

  2. I believe I’ve mentioned it before, but I always get a vicarious thrill from the Bulwer-Lytton contest, merely because it is sponsored by one of the English faculty at San Jose State University in California, and the English department was directly below the Philosophy department in a two-story building, whence (i.e., the Philosophy department) I was graduated. The undergraduate English students’ reading society was The Bulwer-Lytton Club, and they periodically hosted public performances of . . . (wait for it) . . . the worst literature you could find. I got an ovation – and a date – one year on the strength of a short story by Jack London. One of the faculty showed up every time and read the same thing every time – one of his own short stories (a good selection, too).

    Ah, bright college days . . . .

    I entered the B-L Contest once or twice but never won anything. I guess there just isn’t a bushel big enough to hide my light.

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