Monday, October 17, 2011

Models of clarity

Favorite book title I've run across today:

The War on Terror Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics) (Paperback)

Does that title not want to make you run out and buy this book?

Fellow writers take hope: Publishers don't have a clue as to how to present and sell books. At least this one doesn't. Of course, if you have a captive audience of enslaved readers, then I guess it doesn't matter.

I don't care if it IS companion reading to a university course. Think of a better title. Shall I write to this university press? Do you think they would understand my simple one-syllable words? Often of only 4 letters? What if I write in the voice of Donald Duck? Wak! Wak!

Would you like me to tell you the titles of some of the companion books that Tower Books suggests you should buy, if you like this one? Hmmmmm?


  1. The title doesn't much matter because it's not likely the contents are any more readable.

    Once translated though, it could be quite interesting.

  2. But by all means, do write to them. Please let us know their response.

  3. Yikes!

    Which I think would make a better title.

  4. That's a lot of big words, I like visiting your blog, I learn big words.

    I'm baaaaack! From Florida with a fading tan. Now get over to my blog. I only have 2 people that comment there and you are one of them. My posts automatically go on my FaceBook wall and everyone comments there instead. It's a dilemma.

  5. OMG, it's too early in the almost afternoon for me to read that. I'll be back next month when I hopefully have a new AD & maybe something for my possible Adult ADD...

  6. @A. - I'm sure you are right. It makes my head ache to contemplate the contents. :)

    @Stephanie Barr - Anything would be a better title. This book should be banned. (Joke)

    @Sue - Welcome back. I guess. Not going to Facebook and write on your wall. I think you have only one commenter now that the geek has deserted you. Reformed, I mean. I don't know what that means. No twitter either unless you follow me first. Then few. :)

    @Angelika - Thank you for your effort. :) I will give you credit for visiting and being a friend. Heh.



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