Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A Way With Words . . . Or Not

Here's one for the "Strange but True" category.

Every year, the English Department at San Jose State University hold the Bulwer-Lytton literary parody contest. What is the Bulwer-Lytton literary parody contest? Basically, it is an annual contest to see who can submit the worst opening line to an imaginary novel. Begun in 1982, originally it was just a quiet thing on the SJSU campus, but it has evolved to point that thounsands of people send in entries every year.

This year's winner was announced Tuesday as Jim Guigli of California - I'm sure his mother is just so proud. Here is his "winning" entry: "Detective Bart Lasiter was in his office studying the light from his one small window falling on his super burrito when the door swung open to reveal a woman whose body said you've had your last burrito for a while, whose face said angels did exist, and whose eyes said she could make you dig your own grave and lick the shovel clean." Honestly, I have no idea what to say . . .

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