Week 707: What Would YOU Do?
Looking for tough, durable electric nose-hair trimmer. Will trade theater tickets plus unopened carton of condoms.
his year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the most brilliant examples of literary minimalism: “The Cat in the Hat,” Dr. Seuss’s masterpiece of anarchy, subversiveness and sloshing goldfish, all created in perfect English syntax with a vocabulary of just 236 words, including plurals — the vast majority of them exceedingly simple one-syllable words. This week: Use only the words appearing in “The Cat in the Hat” (see the list below) to create your own work of “literature” of no more than 75 words (though a much shorter entry is quite welcome): It can be in verse, like Kevin Dopart’s example above; it can be a narrative or dialogue; it may sound Seussian or not. You must use the words exactly in the form on the list, except that you may combine them into compound words, and you may use any capitalization and punctuation you like.
Winner gets the Inker, the official Style Invitational trophy. First runner-up receives a 2-foot-long bright red sign that says “Naked,” salvaged by Tim Vanderlee of Austin from a supermarket display advertising this brand of juice. This is definitely what every Loser ought to hang from the ceiling above his office cubicle.