We want writers with a little talent, but no taste

IT WAS A dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents--except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.

Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, Paul Clifford, 1830 -- L'originale da cui tutto è partito, nella sua versione integrale...

Il vincitore di quest'anno del Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest è un analista informatico: Dan McKay, di Fargo, North Dakota, che è riuscito a paragonare l'anatomia femminile a un doppio carburatore nell'incipit del suo lavoro.

La motivazione:

A 43-year-old quantitative analyst for Microsoft Great Plains is the winner of the 23rd running of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. A resident of Fargo, North Dakota, McKay is currently visiting China, perhaps to escape notoriety for his dubious literary achievement.

L'incipit che ha dominato la sezione "Dark and Stormy night":

As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburetors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual.

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