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Eugenio Volpe and Heidi Pitlor were among the writers participating in the Literary Death Match at the Enormous Room. Volpe took the night’s prize. Eugenio Volpe and Heidi Pitlor were among the writers participating in the Literary Death Match at the Enormous Room. Volpe took the night’s prize. (Photos By Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
January 27, 2011

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Boston writers gathered at the Enormous Room on Tuesday night for Literary Death Match, an event that features four scribes reading their works to three judges, who sound off about what they’ve heard. The night started with Eugenio Volpe, of the New York Tyrant, winning a round against writer Myfanwy Collins. Then, “Best American Short Stories’’ series editor Heidi Pitlor conquered her round against McSweeney’s writer Christopher Monks. In the end, Volpe took the night’s prize. Serving as judges were rocker Sarah Borges, “The Saint of Lost Things’’ author/Grub Street director Chris Castellani, and comedian Mehran Khaghani.

Peretz homecoming

It’ll be like old home days when Jesse Peretz screens “My Idiot Brother’’ at the Coolidge Corner Theatre tonight. The filmmaker, who grew up in Cambridge and went to Harvard, estimates he saw 300 movies at the Coolidge back in the day. “That’s why this is exciting,’’ said Peretz, who’s flying in from the Sundance Film Festival. “We succeeded in selling it, so I got everything out of Sundance I wanted.’’ The director, whose dad is New Republic polemicist Marty Peretz, wrote the film with his sister Evgenia. What was that like? “We were both really comfortable saying, ‘That’s a terrible idea,’ ’’ he said. And what will his famously cranky father think of the film? “My dad’s a [expletive] stirrer,’’ Peretz said, laughing. “But on the upside, he’s a super loving and supportive father, so he’s psyched to see it.’’