Of course you do (or should). And so you might be interested to learn that the New Yorker has recently begun hosting a Twitter-based game show, which they're calling Questioningly. It's the latest technology on the bridge of a sailing ship that has navigated the narrows between the nostalgic and the au courant since its christening in 1925.
Every Friday, the magazine's Culture Desk blog both posts and tweets a new challenge that players have all weekend to tackle. Since contestants enter the fray via Twitter, 140 characters are all they get — fewer, really, since entries must include the hashtag #tnyquestion — which puts pithiness and wit at the premium they generally deserve.
- What might the planet Earth tweet?
- Invent a new American holiday.
- Which word should be stricken from the English language?
- Coin and define a new word.
- Invent a tasteless literary-themed commercial product.
The Alex Trebek of this enterprise is Ben Greenman, a noted author and humorist who works a day job as a New Yorker editor. He writes the Questioningly blogposts and, one suspects, has a major if not the only say in picking the winners.
My tireless efforts were rewarded this past week when I got my first honorable mention. Players were asked to name a new phobia; I got hosannas for "Arachnophobiaphobia: Fear of having nothing better to watch than a commercial-interrupted 1990s movie on basic cable."
Even better, I also tweeted a joke about an obscure Talking Heads album that was immediately improved upon by my old friend Jackpot England. Not one but both of his pop music-themed entries got honorable mentions in the same breath as mine. Check out Ben Greenman's entire writeup here.
And more broadly, visit the New Yorker's Culture Desk blog here to check out the latest Questioningly, enter and win!