Literary March Madness

Posted on Friday, March 25th, 2016 by Austin Gerth

My bracket.

My bracket.

Lemme be forthright with you all for a moment here: I don’t really even know what March Madness is. Like I get that it’s a basketball tournament, and that people make brackets about it, but that’s basically all I know. Luckily, nerdy folks like myself have come up with their own reasons to make brackets for random stuff this month. I can think of two examples on campus: the library and the English Department, both of which have created book-themed March Madness tournaments for folks like me who have perhaps used the expression “nothin’ but net” in inappropriate contexts before but who otherwise know little about hoop-based sports.

The English Department’s March Madness thing has been going on for a little while. Last year it pitted authors against each other, this year it’s doing the same with their characters. First round match-ups included Hamlet vs. Hester Prynne of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and Elizabeth Bennett of Pride and Prejudice vs. Jay Gatsby. I ended up with two other characters from The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker, as my top two, with Baker winning because she’s just so cool. Winners in the match-ups are determined by English department faculty and students through largely arbitrary conditions. At this point the tournament is a few rounds deep, and my bracket has, unfortunately, not been successful.

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Hello everyone! I’m Austin Gerth, class of 2016, from scenic Princeton, Minnesota. My hobbies include listening to and playing music, reading, watching movies, and thinking about things. I’m majoring in Writing. After college, I hope to be either some sort of writer or some sort of homeless (or both). I chose to come to Concordia mostly for the food, though it has a lot of other good qualities as well. Since coming to Concordia I’ve been to dorm room eggnog parties and late-night viral video productions; I’ve listened to a lot of Justin Timberlake and blindly taken a yoga class with no prior experience; I’ve participated in a heroically unproductive religion study group and fallen asleep in the campus center. On top of these things, I’ve also received a superlative education. If you like wind and pizza, you’ll like Fargo-Moorhead, and if you like corn-oriented humor, semi-gourmet cafeteria food, or late-night intellectual behavior, you’ll like Concordia. If you like all of the above, you’re probably already here and we’re probably already friends.