The Week contest: Worst year
This week's question: Some commentators have called 2020 — in which we've endured a pandemic, massive wildfires, mass protests, and an attempt to subvert American democracy — to be the worst year in living memory. If a historian were to write a book chronicling this year's many miseries, what catchy title should it have?
THE WINNER: "Doom & Zoom"
Ruth Levitsky, Quincy, Massachusetts
SECOND PLACE: "A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Mike Meredith, Seattle
THIRD PLACE: "Oh, the Places You Didn't Go!"
Ivan Kershner, Salem, South Carolina
"Hindsight 2020: A Less Than Perfect Vision"
Barb Bruning, Madison, Wisconsin
"The Year of the Drat"
Bill Levine, Belmont, Massachusetts
"Humanity and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year"
Jesse Rifkin, Glastonbury, Connecticut
"2020: Tres Misérables"
Rex Jones, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
"A Year in the Strife"
Anthony C. Chiarella, Oradell, New Jersey
"Waiting to Inhale"
Troup Miller, Austin, Texas
"It Was the Worst of Times, It Was the Worst of Times"
Patty Oberhausen, Fort Wayne, Indiana
"2020: A Disgrace Odyssey"
Rebecca Burgan, Petaluma, California
"Seemed Like 100 Years of Solitude"
Ken Kellam III, Dallas
"The Year of Living Disastrously"
Gus Mickells, Lincoln, Nebraska
"Scott Atlas Shrugged"
Joe Ayella, Wayne, Pennsylvania
"Guns, Germs, and the Steal"
Laurel Rose, Pittsburgh