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Monday, November 07, 2011

Sometimes say sometimes again

Paul Keating's just released a book. I haven't read this book, but I know it has a title - I have read the title, at least. It's called

After Words

Not bad, as titles go I suppose - the book is supposed to be a collection of Keating's post-Prime Ministerial speeches. But it raises that age old problem (well, at least as age old as this post) - what happens if he ever wants to release a sequel? Is it going to be called 'After After Words'? Or 'An After Words' After Word' or 'A Word After After Words'? (And also: is it going to have an After After After Foreword and an After After Afterword?)

You see this problem happening over and over again with authors and book titles. Well I can only think of one example, that of Douglas Adams and his 'increasingly ridiculous' Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. So I suppose that hasn't quite reached an over yet. But still. Books. Words. Titles. It's important to think about this stuff, isn't it?

UPDATE! - Of course, another horrible possibility rears its head: what if Keating chose to call this hypothetical sequel: After Words: Electric Boogaloo?

6 comments:

epicormicgrowth said...

And how could he title a prequel? 'Before After Words' or 'Fore Words: speeches while I was still Treasurer and assembling the numbers to oust Hawke'....

TimT said...

George Lucas's trick title seems a good one: 'The Phantom Menace'?

epicormicgrowth said...

I was still laughing about the Electric Boogaloo.... I thought the Phantom Menace is Malcolm Turnbull...

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

In the Foreword to his Of Grammatology, Jacques Derrida ruminates on the lie of the foreword, which is always written after the work it pretends to precede.

Alexis, Baron von Harlot said...

(Aren't you glad I popped by?)

TimT said...

Baron! Next thing I know, Daisy and Agatha and Griselda will poke their heads into this blog post, and probably start pecking at things. Cover your feet, everyone!

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