The New Radiation Recipe Book & Other Oddities

The shortlist has been released for The Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010.  What is perhaps the oddest thing about the list is how, well, normal most of the titles seem:

  • 8th International Friction Stir Welding Symposium Proceedings, Various authors (TWI)
  • The Generosity of the Dead, Graciela Nowenstein (Ashgate)
  • The Italian’s One-night Love Child, Cathy Williams (Mills & Boon)
  • Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way, Michael R Young (Radcliffe)
  • Myth of the Social Volcano, Martin King Whyte (Stanford University Press)
  • What Color Is Your Dog?, Joel Silverman (Kennel Club)

Granted, there are a couple of pretty good exceptions. But, really…ho hum!

Forget 2010, what are the oddest book titles you’ve ever encountered?

Thoughts From the Road: A Journey from Mississippi to Nebraska, via Minnesota, in Random, Fragmented Thoughts

“I’ll get something at the airport, or on the way.  I should take a diet coke just in case.  Yeah, I’ll just eat there.  Plenty of time.”

“What’s that taped to his window?  Oh my god.  Seriously?”

“What a creep!  I don’t think so, dude.”

“Is he following me?  Let’s see how you do at 80 mph.”

“Okay, that’s better.”

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Revival of the Blue Stockings Society, Part II

Ironically, I did run in to novelist Tom Franklin in the chips and beverages aisle of our local Kroger the other day.  Unfortunately, he was alone and not surrounded by other thinkers and artists of our community, and he didn’t have time to engage in a political discussion.  Alas.  Kroger is probably not the best location for the revival of the Blue Stockings Society.  And so I left thinking that someone should really write a how-to on starting and running a modern-day version of the 18th century salon.  Finding no one in the meat department, I’ve opted to attempt it myself.

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Reviving the Blue Stockings Society in the Postmodern Era, or
How to Have an Intellectual Conversation, In Person and On a Regular Basis, with a Group of Interesting and Witty Individuals
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