Welcome back to the New York Magazine Competition. On alternate Mondays, we lay out a challenge and offer a sample responses. Enter in the comments section, or on Twitter with the hashtag we've provided, and the editors will select a winner. Criteria are highly subjective, but heavily retweeted and favorited posts will have an advantage. The prize is a year's subscription to New York in print or a two-year subscription to the iPad edition (winner's choice). Full rules are here.
COMPETITION NO. 21: BROOKS, DOWD, FRIEDMAN, ET AL. Please invent a passage from one of the Times's star columnists. For example:
“Our kitchens grow ever larger, yet we have fewer conversations in them."
“I had a dream about kissing Barry, and called Poppy Bush to ask what it might mean.”
“As we prepared for descent into Karachi, our flight attendant said something profound to me.”
Enter on Twitter with the hashtag #futureNYTcolumn, or in the comments thread below, by May 14. Winner and runners-up will appear in the next issue. Criteria are subjective, but favorited and retweeted posts have an edge. The prize is a year’s subscription in print or two years on the iPad (winner’s choice).
RESULTS OF COMPETITION NO. 20: TWITTER BEFORE TWITTER, in which you were asked for a long-lost 140-character post.
HONORABLE MENTION TO:
“Wow, there sure are a lot of Indians.” —@gengeorge custer
“4score+20. New nation. All men =. War? War! Many dead. Not about us, it’s about them. Make it count. USA! USA! #gettysburg #goblue” —@stretch_ lincoln16
“ok so nobody likes cake #overreacting much?” —@marie_ antoinette
“ugh. parents.” —@lizzieb
“Feeling great. Can’t wait until I get to the ballpark today.” —@wallypipp
“Just to be clear, 1 if by land, 2 if by sea. Msg me if you need a ride. I’ll be up late.” —@prevere
“Helium is for SUCKORZ #embargo! This airship just won’t quit! Here we come, New Jersey!” —@hindnbrg
“.@USA #irancontra is totes my bad.were cool, rite?” —@rreagan
"How do you work this damned cassette? Oh … NM.” —@rmnixon
“Methinks @SallyHemings is hot. #obvious Gotta keep it DL. Think I noticed a bump. #wtf?” —@thomjeff
“#First” —@real georgewash
“Someone just fixed me a drink YOLO.” —@socrates
AND THE WINNER IS:
“Not quite! #ChiTribuneSucks RT” —@HSTruman