July 13, 2008

The End of "The End," I hope ...

One of the standard book-naming conventions of the last two decades has been The End of Whatever: History, Racism, Poverty, Faith, or various other things that clearly aren't coming to an end. This week's Economist devotes a serious review to a book with the most absurd title yet in this line: The End of Food.

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6 comments:

Baller said...

Hmmm, that's a pretty bad headline. My favourite all time bad headline was "Can Grant Hill Save Sports?" on the cover of GQ, that one was something else.

halfbreed said...

You can add "The Last [whatever]" to that, that's a not uncommon title these days. And whatever is being referred to is also never the last of its kind.

TGGP said...

Don't forget "The End of Science" by John Horgan. He still does Science Saturday at bloggingheads.tv and he always annoys me. George Johnson is much better.

Josh said...

Can I go OT for a minute? I read an Economist article about AIDS recently where the author was forced to admit reality:Africa is different! Thats why they have sooo much AIDS!He talked about how male and female Africans have multiple partners as a matter of course,referencing the infamous lorry drivers---and you know what those guys are up to! But,probably under pain of firing,added a cover your ass statement that,tho Africans do have all these multiple partners,they do NOT have more lovers in a lifetime than Europeans! So there! Uhmmm..what? :*

Anonymous said...

From some book titles containing "the end of" at Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=%22The+End+of%22

Some ends are "scary":

poverty
oil
food
America
faith
reason
Iraq
history
memory
education
medicine
your world
the world as you know it
worlds
baseball
art
beauty
innocence
reform
Time
days
eternity
the universe
all things

Some ends are "hopeful":

panic
stress
suffering
diets
dead end dating
suffering
marketing
Detroit
the rainbow

All ends promise "change":

of the beginning
globalization
blackness
the European Era

Anonymous said...

At least it's good for a joke: wouldn't 'the end of food' naturally be crap?

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