New contest for Week 1229: Gorey bits from A to Z
S is for Speedo, too small for your size. T is the Trauma you’ve done to my eyes. (Rob Pivarnik) U is the Umpire, whom fans like to boo, V is the Vampire, who wants to suck, too. (Mark Raffman) Y is for You, and your what/when/where/how; Z is for Zuckerberg; he owns it now. (Nan Reiner)
This week, for the third time in Style Invitational history, we salute “The Gashlycrumb Tinies,” Edward Gorey’s little fauxVictorian alphabet picture book, created in 1963 and composed of rhyming AtoZ couplets about various grisly demises of various children (e.g., “E is for Ernest who choked on a peach/ F is for Fanny sucked dry by a leech”). The humor in our Invite versions — from 2008 and 2013 — tends to be less morbid but more timely, so that’s one reason to bring it back; we’ll have lots of new folks to stick it to. But the real reason is that we have the Perfect Prize to give to, no, not this week’s winner but to second place: It’s this poster advertising the upcoming “Gorey: The Documentary,” a film by Christopher Seufert that’s still in production. And it’s designed by none other than our own Bob Staake, a fan and former Cape Cod neighbor of Gorey, who died in 2000.
This week: Send us one or more edgy rhyming
alphabetprimer couplets, as in the examples above; the pairs are AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX and YZ. Feel free to send couplets for all 13 — as usual, you can send 25 entries in all — but make sure each couplet works on its own; you’ll have to publish your full set yourself. See this week’s Style Conversational at bit.ly/ conv1229 for the earlier results and for more about Gorey. Submit entries at this website: bit.ly/enter-invite-1229 (all lowercase). Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial, the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational trophy — one of the last few before we come out with a new design. Second place receives the Gorey poster. Other runners-up win our new “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Punmanship.” Honorable mentions get one of our new lustedafter Loser magnets, “No Childishness Left Behind” or “Magnum Dopus.” First Offenders receive only a smelly treeshaped air “freshener” (FirStink for their first ink). Deadline is Monday night, June 5; results published June 25 (online June 22). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline for this week’s results is by Jon Gearhart; the honorablementions subhead is by Tom Witte. Join the Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at on.fb.me/ invdev. “Like” Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday.
THE STYLE CONVERSATIONAL The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. Especially if you plan to enter, check it out at wapo.st/styleconv.