In a couple of weeks the nation will be transfixed by a competition in which basketball teams advance through a tournament laid out as a series of brackets.
Can the same process get people more interested in literary fiction? For a decade, the Morning News has been testing that theory. They year we decided to attach ourselves, like remoras, to their enterprise. We asked three super-readers to blow through as many of thoe 16 novels as they could; and today, on a special edition of the Nose, they'll talk their way through the brackets.
Have you downloaded your bracket?
- Julia Pistell - known for her work at the Mark Twain House, her podcast Literary Disco, her leadership of Sea Tea Improv and her brief unsettling marriage to Thomas Pynchon.
- Alex Dueben - a writer who frequently complains that this show spends too much time on television and not enough on books.
- Rand Richards Cooper - novelist, essayist and short story writer. He still cannot believe it’s not butter.
- Kevin Guilfoile - Tournament Commissioner and author most recently of A Drive Into the Gap.