Richard Squire writes to me:
Some friends and I last night came up with a parlor
game, Best Books with Worst Titles. Here were
The Audacity of Hope
The Beautiful and Damned
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Moby Dick (winner)
I agree with the middle three picks but think that Freakonomics and Moby Dick are both very good titles. I’ve never actually liked the title Ulysses, as used by James Joyce. I know all about the structural parallels with Homer’s Odyssey but to me they are superfluous to enjoying the work. The title stresses those parallels and so it irritates me. What nominations do you all have?