Sunday, August 30, 2009

Our Favorite Book Title, Part 19

This month, the honor goes to Building a Home With My Husband--A Journey Through the Renovation of Love. We loved the double meaning, and the lovely cover illustration sure didn't hurt any. Runner-up honors goes to Normal at Any Cost--Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry's Quest to Manipulate Height. You can review earlier fav book titles here.


At 10:37 AM, Blogger Art Durkee said...

The larger context of "Normal At Any Cost" is the medical-industrial complex' quest to manipulate darn near everything.

It's called eugenics. Sometimes called gene therapy, or teratogenic modification. The entire plastic surgery industry is based on keying into the dissatisfactions people feel about themselves, not to mention their self-esteem issues.

This is what leads directly to anorexia in girls—AND in boys, where it's a problem with wrestlers—and other borderline personality problems such as cutting.

None of my friends are "normal," thank all the hundred little gods of diversity and normal variation.

The socio-cultural myths of what is "normative" have done more harm than good to almost everyone I know well. Let's talk about "normal" and sex, too, shall we?

(Sorry. This pushed my rant button.) :)

At 10:41 AM, Blogger John Ettorre said...

Rant away to your heart's content, bud. What I liked about that title was how much it suggested about all of the details you have added, and how the title alone will make me go find the book and flip through it. That's not easily done with a mere book title and subtitle. A lot of thought obviously went into crafting it. Which of course is the whole point of our recurring exercise.


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