The winners of the Diagram Prize, on the other hand, achieve true immortality in our eyes - not by dreaming up some instantly forgettable artwork or ‘installation’, or by pretending to be someone they're not, but through the deceptively simple means of writing earnest, well-intentioned books and then giving them ludicrously po-faced titles.
And it’s that time of year once again to roll out the truckshunter red carpet - deep red shag pile from end to end - and celebrate the shortlist contenders for the 2015 Diagram Prize for the Oddest Book Title of the Year (courtesy of Bookseller magazine).
Check these out…
*Advanced Pavement Research
A collection of peer-reviewed papers from a pavement symposium
*Nature’s Nether RegionsA history of the evolution of genitalia ( - on my shopping list already)
*The Madwoman in the Volvo: My Year of Raging HormonesThe story of one woman’s experience of the menopause ( - not on my shopping list)
*Where Do Camels Belong?An investigation into the contradictions of ‘native’ and ‘invasive’ species
*Divorcing a Real Witch: For Pagans and the People That Used to Love ThemA self-help book for those whose spouses have been drawn away to the occult
*The Ugly Wife Is A Treasure At Home
A study of the revolutionary act of romantic love and sexual freedom in Mao’s China
*Strangers Have The Best CandyA chronicle of the author’s meeting with strangers
* * *Where have all the hedgehogs gone?
According to the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, there were about 30m hedgehogs in Britain in the 1950s. By 1995, this had fallen to about 1.5m. Their latest estimate suggests that there may now be less than a million.
Something is very, very seriously amiss when a harmlessly lovable creature like the hedgehog - a reliably constant ingredient in England’s tapestry of wildlife for millennia - is in danger of extinction. Just imagine it - a country without hedgehogs. Unthinkable.
What on Earth has gone wrong?
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