Say hey! Just when you thought the first round was going to pass without a major upset, Karl Iagnemma, a popular writer of robot erotica (I might be confused on that point), throws the bookies into a Black Friday panic by sending pre-tournament Final Four lock Zadie Smith packing on the QE II. It’s the first hair-dryer-in-the-tub shocker of the tournament, with one of the year’s most celebrated books falling to a graduate creative writing thesis project. To be sure, Beasts of No Nation is an acclaimed graduate creative writing thesis project, butwithout engaging in hyperbolethis is comparable to Stephen Hawking losing a science fair blue ribbon to an eighth-grader’s corn still. It’s the kind of statistical anomaly that literally drove John Nash crazy. Or put another way, it’s as unlikely as the prissy Farrah Fawcett-haired sex robots in Westworld winning a street fight against the ass-kicking Deborah Harry-haired sex robots in Blade Runner.
Office pools everywhere have been thrown into mad disarray.