During Literary Death Match NYC, Episode 43 at Le Poisson Rouge, D For Deception author Tina Rosenberg gave an admirable performance, channeling Wheatley character greats SS Gruppenführer Grauber and Erika von Epp and breaking into song in front of a captive audience and three judges.
“I found it fascinating.” - Author Jon Ronson, judging Literary Merit
“A great strength and power in the way you read… a great vocal attack to the whole thing. It was very alive…SINGING! You were really living in the words and making music out of the words and it took me right there.” - Author and cultural critic Touré, judging Performance
“I would have paid attention in school if you were my teacher.” - Comedian Jamie Lee, judging Intangibles
Despite Rosenberg’s electrifying performance, victory went to her talented Round Two contender Courtney Maum. Maum then joined Round One winner Jason Diamond (who beat Matt Sumell) in a tense final round, in which they were blindfolded and tasked with pinning a moustache onto a giant portrait of Ernest Hemingway. Rosenberg was not sad to miss that particular aspect of the evening.