Posted by: oneyearbook | March 9, 2009

The Tyranny of Titles, Pt. III

So, back to the working title discussion. I have no expectations that whatever I label the book now will be what I eventually want to call it, or, when (fingers crossed) it’s picked up by an editor, what the editor insists I call it, but the aim is to have something interesting and somewhat inspiring to refer to it as for now. Memory Game, it appears, is out, so I sat down this afternoon, flipped through some of the poetry books I owned, threw together some trendy sounding title-phrases, played about with them, pared them down, and selected five potential titles, to wit:

To Break the Teeth of Time (from ‘The New Faces,’ a Yeats poem)

The Unquiet Construction of Charlie Wonderly (a reference to one of the novel’s main characters)

Instructions for Cheating at History (again, this one is simply a ‘description,’ if you will, of the novel’s contents)

And this, and so much more (with the capitalization like that . . . from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock)

Give the Minotaur Scissors (thematically linked to the book, but not literally in any way; alternatively, The Minotaur Armed with Scissors)


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