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A Dark and Stormy Afternoon: Round 7

(Previously on the Young and the Nerdy.)

Given another choice of category, I suggested we try Movies, but my Brave New Partner shamed me by saying, “I feel like ‘movies’ is cheating.”

Category: Novels, 1950-Present

In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier’s greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by dreams of Harry Houdini. “To me, Clark Kent in a phone booth and Houdini in a packing crate, they were one and the same thing,” he would learnedly expound at WonderCon or Angouleme or to the editor of The Comics Journal.

With a knowing look at one another, Ian and I added a black book to our stack and leveled the game. Now it was our turn to choose a category for our competitors. Letting his finger rest on Non-Fiction, Ian raised an eyebrow. “Are you sure?” I asked. “For these guys, yeah,” he replied.

Category: Non-Fiction

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Winners groaned. They gnashed their teeth and beat their breasts. And the Losers guessed correctly. And took the lead again.

Score: The Winners 5, The Losers 6

A) The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon, 2000
B)  The U.S. Constitution, 1787



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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