July 22, 2010
Back in 2006, Chronogram, the Hudson Valley arts and culture magazine, ran a contest called “Joined at the Hip.“
In their words:
The concept was simple:
Help eliminate bookshelf clutter by double-booking great (or merely popular) works of literature,
creating what contestant Laura Covello dubbed “portmantomes.”
We asked for a title and one-line concept pitch, e.g.,
Cat on a Hot Tin Drum
A desperate woman hides her stunted husband’s liquor
until he agrees to grow up and have sex.
Although I received honorary mention for one of my submissions — I also received a green Chronogram t-shirt, which I wore at the first TNB-LE event in New York — I was happier with one they didn’t choose:
The Pelican Brief History of Time
A British physicist threatens to expose the secrets of the universe…
unless a Memphis district attorney can stop him.
Anyway, I remembered this contest this morning, probably because of the Shakespalin fuss over at Twitter, and thought it might be fun to share.
So if you have any of your own, post ’em in the comments box. (This means you, Smithson; this sort of thing was practically designed for you).