Have you ever tried literary wrestling?

In Peru, writers don masks, and head onto a stage where they’re given three random words, a laptop hooked up to a gigantic screen, and five minutes to write a short story.

Masked writer

Writer at work

At the end of a match, the losing writer has to take off his or her mask. The winner goes on to the next round, a week later.

And the grand prize? It’s a book contract.

Sport for writers

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Spies And Novelists Both ‘Accomplished Liars,’ Says New Bond Author

My name is Alexander, Alma Alexander, and I lie for a living.

Wait, that’s a lie. I mean the name, not the other. Well, not exactly a lie. It’s not my birth name, not my married name, not the name I’ve written some books under, not the name I picked…well, yes, I picked it, but only after I was told I had to…it’s a long story.

OMG, the NSA and I do have something in common.

Writers and spies

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The 100 top things you honestly don’t need to do before you die

I honestly don’t need to…

learn to like broccoli, enjoy hot sweaty exercise, run for no reason (some call it jogging), wash my hair every day, read The!Hot!new!Rowlings!Novel! because everyone else is, feel any connection whatsoever to zombie fiction, watch TV every night of my life for the regulation 4.5 hours, learn the bagpipes, stop being a curmudgeon…

What’s on YOUR anti bucket list?

I don’t have to

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David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

The list shows an amazing depth and breadth of interest, taste and genre from a musical icon, who has himself been the subject of more than sixty books.

Read like Dave

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Books Guaranteed To Make You Laugh Out Loud

Warning: You’ll probably want to read these books in private, since spontaneous maniacal laughter may ensue.

32 laughable books

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Why men shouldn’t be ordained

10) A man’s place is in the army… 2) Jesus was betrayed by a man…

Not for men

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It’s enough to make you cancel your reservation

A vacation is supposed to be your time away from the crazy. Remind me never to travel to any of the same vacation spots these people have booked. I’ll take that upgrade and trade you a bus tour of “OH MY GOD THESE PEOPLE ARE NUTS!”

Vacation complaints

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Alma Alexander

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