One of my favorite categories/threads in this blog is the sublime-mundane pamphlet title.
Envelope Facts, Notes on Reading Aloud, Saturn Has Rings, Know Your Groceries, Zipper Repair, Flagpole Painting,The Fine Art of Squeezing, Thirst and two dozen others have bobbed to the surface here like antique lobster pots finding their way to the daylight after 50 years of the big dark cold—at this point, no one cares what’s inside, sort of-- just the very story and appearance is good enough.
Bread, a big nothingness. The work on flagpole painting is an incredible title—and it turns out that the contents make the pamphlet the veritable Ulysses of books of its genre, of which it may be the only one. But so it goes. At least everything that you’d need or want to know is in there if you needed or were moved enough to paint a flagpole. Zipper Repair too is in this category—it really is an exhaustive treatment on repairing zippers.
Today’s installment of five titles has only one in that first category, the remainder being fundamentally eyebrow-raiser titles with somnolent contents, exciting and sleepifying in one five-second motion.
[Where do these odd things come from?]