"How Could They Omit the Frogs?"


Time again for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, which I usually end up doing a post on MetaFilter about, but based on what went from the Longlist to the Shortlist this year, I don’t think I can honestly call it the Best of the Web.

Here are the finalists which I have put in order from my favorite to “they consider this ODD?”

Curbside Consultation of the Colon: 49 Clinical Questions by Brooks D Cash (SLACK Incorporated)

Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy L Cheney and Robert M Seyfarth (University of Chicago Press)

The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-Milligram Containers of Fromage Frais by Professor Philip M Parker (Icon Group International)

The Large Sieve and its Applications by Emmanuel Kowalski (Cambridge University Press)

Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring by Lietai Yang (Woodhead)

Strip & Knit with Style by Mark Hordyszynski (C&T)

Let’s face it, the alliteration pushes “Curbside Consultation of the Colon” over the top but “Baboon Metaphysics” is close behind (I have to wonder if Dorothy the co-author is related to a certain other famous Cheney) But here are several titles from the previously released “Long List” that deserve more to be on the “Short List” than the other four (I mean, haven’t we ALL stripped and knitted at least once?):

God or a Bench: Sculpture As a Problematic Art During the Ancien Regime by Anne Betty Weinshenker (Peter Lang Publishing Group)

alldogshaveadhdAll Dogs Have ADHD by Kathy Hoopman (Jessica Kingsley)

Christian Texts for Aztecs
by Jaime Lara (University of Notre Dame Press)

Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings by Kuzhali Manickavel (Blaft)

Malformed Frogs by Michael J Lannoo (University of California Press)

The Emotional Life of Contemporary Public Memorials by Erika Doss (Amsterdam University Press)

The Industrial Vagina by Sheila Jeffreys (Routledge)

I think they had a quota of one for American University press, or else the Aztecs and the Frogs would’ve been shoo-ins. And maybe “All Dogs Have ADHD” was little too true to be odd. And maybe they were afraid of following up last year’s dubious winner, “If You Want Closure in Your Relationship, Start with Your Legs” with “The Industrial Vagina”. Still, odd is in the eye of the beholder.

And yes, those are all Amazon Affiliate links, but instead of paying $9,995.00 for “God or a Bench” (yes, that’s the price), for half that ($4,997.50), I will personally go wherever you are, read you any other book on the list AND build you a bench. If you can find a better deal… don’t bother me.

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