Parenthetical Contest -Round 1 Winners and Entries


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General Literature Category

First Place Winners:

George Orwell, 1984(Google Buys Zoom)[Scarlet Espinoza]

S. Tzu, The Art of War (bce 500) (describing the Ninth Circuit’s en banc procedures). [Richard Johnson]

Second Place Winners:

F. Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866) (the story of a bad neighbor). [Elizabeth Hopkins]

"The Odyssey”(A study in border law) [Linda Graham]

H. Melville, Moby-Dick; or The Whale (1851)(Disabled sea captain denied reasonable accommodation) {Mark Bennet]

G. Garcia Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) (providing a roadmap for Covid-19 response). [Richard Johnson]

R. Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)(highlighting the difficulty of finding a suitable book club)[Stacy Newman]

Third Place Winners:

D. F. Wallace, Infinite Jest (1996) (Deficient filing: oversized) [Jude Pond]

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (c. 429 bc) (regarding whether knowledge of the victim’s identity is an element of the offense) [Marina Cassio]

C. Perrault, (Fr.) Cendrillon ou la Petite Pantoufle de Verre (Eng.) Cinderella 1697). (Nonfunctional transparent footwear feature as an indication of origin, source or affiliation) [Jane Wald]

C. Bernstein & B. Woodward, All the President's Men (1974) (describing Washington, DC parking garages) [Andrew Jones]

Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953) (highlighting an inverse relationship between literacy rates and government services) [Karan Dhadialla]

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813) (noting in dicta that handsome credentialed sociopaths do not make great husbands) [Jessica Freitas]

J.S. Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005) (a how-to guide for contracting covid-19) [Jonathan Povilonis]

James Joyce, Ulysses (Odyssey fanfiction strays far from source material) [Jessmine Lee]

Lord of the Rings (everyone fights over a piece of jewelry)[Nina Gliozzo]

Winner YA submission by a YA

R. Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (an exposé on slaves in the chocolate industry). [Emily Hopkins]

Winners YA Submission by Adult (tied)

M.W. Brown, Goodnight Moon (1947) (A rabbit itemizes the end of the world)[Jude Pond]

Dr. Seuss, Green Eggs and Ham (Random House ed., 1960) (detailing the difficulty of convincing the elderly to try something new for breakfast) [Gus Martinez]

Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree (1964) (describing the incommensurability of Maussian gift economies and capitalist accumulation) [Karan Dhadialla]

All the Other Fabulous Submissions!!!

M. Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1985) (the misadventures of a spunky gal in a kooky futuristic society).

M. Mitchell, Gone With The Wind (1936) (formerly sheltered 16 year-old girl struggles with eating disorders and promiscuity after her family farm sustains crop loss and labor shortage).

M. Puzo, The Godfather (1969) (college grad disappoints his father and brothers by joining the family business, steeped in the colorful traditions of its Southern Italian roots, but learns important lessons by moving a hospital bed and finding lost property in a restaurant bathroom).

H. Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) (Detailing how the interests of management and shareholders destructively diverged in an early maritime joint stock company)

C.B.DeMille, Samson and Delilah, (1949), (bad hair day causes unforeseeable building structure failure).

Plato, The Republic (c. 375 bc) (a study of cavernous rock formations near Athens, Greece)

J. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Orphan boy living in abusive foster home receives scholarship to boarding school.

“Hero with a Thousand Faces” (A review of the insanity defense)

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Great Gatsby(Newly Rich Stalker Ex-Boyfriend Moves in Next Door)

H. Melville, Moby-Dick; or The Whale (1851)(A long, fishy tale of the id.)

E. Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms (1929) (profiling early 20th century European healthcare systems)

J. Heller, Catch-22 (1961) (a Democratic socialist’s outlook on the 2020 presidential election)

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817) (holding that uncovering a scandalous, made-up murder plot by your lover’s father does not permanently bar eventual happy nuptials)

Homer, Odyssey (A dog welcomes home a soldier, but his family reception is lacking)

D. Adams, A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)(A comparison of two public works road projects and their effects on communities)

A. Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1972)(exploring the dangers of unregulated dairy products)

Thomas Wolfe, Look Homeward, Angel (1929) (a hillbilly's elegy to family life in early twentieth-century Appalachia)

Victor Hugo, Les Miserables (1862) (examining the durability of fitness improvements achieved by fixed-term extreme rowing regimen)

And in the sui generis: “This isn’t a book but I hope you’ll still accept it” division:

The Sound of Music (failed nun joins a band, adopts her bandmates)



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