• Literary Death Match turns a staid concept—the author reading—into a global, no-holds-barred battle royal. Tomorrow night, it shoots a TV pilot. [1 of 3]

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lit 10 Dec 2012

on Adrian Todd Zuniga’s Literary Death Match.

  • The concept: Each contestant gets 3.5 minutes to perform a reading, to be judged by a celebrity panel (Susan Orlean, Moby, Jonathan Lethem, others). [2 of 3]
  • Another celebrity judge is Tig Notaro, whose uncanny post-cancer-diagnosis stand-up performance was the comedy moment of the year. [3 of 3]
  • Images: photos by Flickr users snow0810 and tetradtx, under Creative Commons licenses; cover of Tig Notaro Live.

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