23 October 2008

Guardian Environment Network and Digression


The always excellent Guardian newspaper has an interesting Environment Network wherein there is content from many different sources regarding environmental issues. A good batch of environmental this and sustainable that.

The Guardian Environment Network. There's not a lot of bike related content at first glance, bless their cotton socks, but here's hoping they work on it.

There is an interview with NY Times' Thomas Freidman on his new book: Hot, Flat and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution — and How It Can Renew America.

"— what it would be like to have a president who on inauguration day gives his inaugural speech and then hops on a bicycle, and bikes to the White House.

And that's what I'm going to propose, if this guy wins. You and Michelle ride your bike from the Capitol steps to the White House. Do you know what happens the next day? A hundred thousand bicycles are sold in America."


Okay, completely off topic but I've never really understood this uniquely American style of titling books over the past 10-15 years. What is up with book titles that are longer than an average sentence and invariably include hyphens and colons?

Are American writers crap at titles [unlikely] or are their publishers so paranoid that a book won't sell unless the title resembles a tagline of the entire contents of the tome [most likely]?

A hurriedly gathered list from the NY Times:
- Traffic - Why We Drive the Way We Do - and what it says about us.
- The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism
- The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality
- The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
- The Bicycle Equipment Profit Party: The Long and Profitiable Journey of Brainwashing the Population into Thinking Cycling is only a Sport

What's wrong with gripping, short titles?

But I digress.

On the environmental front another website that has come to my cyber-attention is World Changing.

That's all for now from Copenhagenize: Blogposts from the Danish Capital Weakly Described as Journalism and Mostly [but not always] About Bicycle Culture.

7 comments:

robert p said...

...not to mention the American trend of writing 'A Novel' on the front of... a novel.

What's next? 'A bicycle'?

disgruntled said...

It's to stop you from inadvertantly buying a book you might disagree with and having to actually reconsider your opinions instead of confirming them.

Actually, that might make a good subtitle too...

Jamie said...

Re: long book titles -

Like people, if they don't have a decent colon, they're probably full of crap.

jennifer said...

Haha! Brilliant responses. To see that long title at the top of the blog would crack me UP.

Aren't these long titles just cribbed from academia? We want to seem smart so we title our mainstream books in the same way we would title research articles that would be submitted to specialty peer-reviewed publications?

chococat78 said...

If the book title is longer than 3 words I start to question whether I need it or not.

Zakkaliciousness said...

haha... hilarious comments!

Vítor said...

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