Long titles

In the latest issue of the Village Voice, Ed Park bemoans the increasing complexity of book titles:

Time was, you could recommend Atonement or Lullaby and feel confident you had the title right. But what to say when your nightstand holds, say, Edgardo Vega Yunqué’s latest, No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain’t Never Coming Home Again? Or Magnus Fiskesjö’s The Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon, The Death of Teddy’s Bear, and the Sovereign Exception of Guantánamo? Dennis Cooper’s entry in the new anthology Pills, Chills, Thrills, and Heartache is barely longer than its bravura title: “One Night in 1979 I Did Too Much Coke and Couldn’t Sleep and Had What I Thought Was a Million-Dollar Idea to Write the Definitive Tell-All Book About Glam Rock Based on My Own Personal Experience but This Is as Far as I Got.”


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