August 12th, 2008
As part of getting-my-act-togetherness I'm paying more attention to writing & publishing news, and I just stumbled across this little item.
Voting opens in search for oddest book title
Forget the Booker of Bookers. The quest to find the oddest book title of the past 30 years has begun today, with Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice the early frontrunner.
Launched by the Bookseller magazine to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, the Diagram of Diagrams will be decided by a public vote. It pits Versailles: The View From Sweden against Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, Reusing Old Graves and Last Chance at Love: Terminal Romances.
..."My personal favourite is Bombproof Your Horse," said the charts editor of the Bookseller, Philip Stone. "But I think the public is fascinated by the more lewd titles, so The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories has a good chance."
Personally I voted for The Book of Marmalade: Its Antecedents, Its History and Its Role in the World Today.
Stand up and be counted, people.
I voted for Living with crazy buttocks but the other two that particualrly caught my eye were Butterworths Corporate Manslaughter Service and People who don't know they're dead: how they attach themselves to unsuspecting bystanders and what to do about it.
I'd like to have seen "The Confession of an Unrepentant Lesbian Ex-Mormon" in there as well in a previous year, since that's one of the best eye-brow raising titles I've ever seen.
But I had to vote for Highlights in the History of Concrete. That's gold.
My favourite's are...
Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
How to Avoid Huge Ships
I think the diagrams in the second book would be great.