martedì 22 febbraio 2011

Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of 2010

The Diagram Prize shortlist has been announced. I'm not crazy about this year's selection (The Generosity of the Dead, Myth of the Social Volcano or What Color Is Your Dog? are not such strange titles, and The Italian's One-night Love Child is just somewhat disquieting, given the latest news about Italian politics), but I think that Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way is actually a pretty good candidate for the title.

My favourite winners from the past are Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice by Various Authors (1978, University of Tokyo Press, winner of the first edition); Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality by Glenn C. Ellenbogen (1986, Brunner/Mazel); How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art by Kathleen Meyer (1989, Ten Speed Press); Reusing Old Graves: A Report on Popular British Attitudes by Douglas Davies and Alastair Shaw (1995, Shaw and Son); The Big Book of Lesbian Horse Stories by Alisa Surkis and Monica Nolan (2003, Kensington Publishing); and People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It by Gary Leon Hill (2005, Red Wheel/Weiser Books). 

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