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My Weird Titles Weren’t Weird Enough

I’ve been outdone. By a mile.

A couple of posts ago I commented on some published books with odd titles and subjects. Today a friend posted a link to a story about a new book that features dozens of awkward and confusing titles. It’s called Do-It-Yourself Brain Surgery and Other Implausibly Titled Books, and features 96 pages of winners like Fabulous Small Jews, Knitting with Dog Hair, The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories and I Was Tortured by the Pygmy Love Queen.

A book about bad books. How come I never get ideas like that?

Here’s a link: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacketcopy/2009/12/knitting-with-dog-hair-and-other-unfortunate-book-titles.html


About Joe Ponepinto

Co-publisher, with Kelly Davio, of Tahoma Literary Review. Author of "Curtain Calls," a featured Kirkus Review. Married to Dona. Dad to Henry, the coffee-drinkin' dog.


3 thoughts on “My Weird Titles Weren’t Weird Enough

  1. Yea!!! Let’s hear it for self publishing! And I WANT a copy of the lesbian horse story book for Christmas!

    Posted by jonzech | December 17, 2009, 1:52 AM
  2. Joe, if you collect enough of Henry’s hair, I’ll knit you something :)

    Posted by cpurcel1 | December 17, 2009, 12:07 PM
  3. You know, a real study of bad literature might be a worthy pursuit. Just as trends in literature are reflective of social movement, so too should bad literature be studied for an understanding of what is happening in the social psyche. And then, of course, one can argue for a definition of bad lit..sure we could fall back on the old reliable: “I don’t know what makes literature good or bad, but I know good or bad when I see it.” And since this is relative, who can really judge? Considering my own writing, I say “thank god”.

    Posted by ssternberg | December 18, 2009, 4:22 PM

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