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Quote Unquote

Quotes regarding titles are not exactly numerous, meaning quotes about the titles of books and other works of art. The reason for that is that what few quotes one finds are about titles of nobility.  Yes, people also like to put labels on themselves, and the more resounding and the more widely recognized the better—which produces the irony that royalty is so popular in this Land of Equality. This reminds us of a ditty—sorry, but we can’t find the source (maybe somebody out there can help?):

People will grab for any halo
That lends some glory to their ego
Up, up and away
Not flowers—a bouquet
The duo’s good, the solo’s better.

We were almost ready to give up when we stumbled across a nice quote in a genuinely fun book entitled Alphabet Soup (Sarah Crichton Books, 2008). The author is Roy Blount Jr. The book is about words and phrases and is arranged alphabetically. Under “Titles” we found this little poem by the author written about a 1941 movie:

On Renting I Wake Up Screaming, For the Title, And Being Let Down, by the Movie

Blonds who don’t go far enough,
Film that isn’t noir enough.

The author further comments on this perennial theme—namely the title that doesn’t deliver—by complaining: “And in the entire film, nobody wakes up screaming.


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