It’s interesting how we come up with titles for books. We’re constantly surrounded by life, art, music - basically the changing and vibrant world we live in. The lovely folks over at Overlook Press were inspired by this introspective song by RadioHead.
Radiohead - How to disappear completely + lyrics (by Sandra González)
"One of my ambitions is to write about the Midwest not in a gently humorous mode, a la Garrison Keillor, or as a theatre for quietly snuffed realist dreams, but in a sort of estranged, almost grotesque mode, the way Flannery O’Connor wrote about the South, or the way Thomas Bernhard wrote about Austria. This could be a deeply bad idea. I find the region on the whole quite weird, including the widely held belief of its inhabitants that it’s a second-class place and not really worth discussing in detail."
"Standard-issue parents are a problem when it comes to books for younger readers. Why? Because nobody wants to read about olds who are well-balanced and morally upright. It’s boring. As a result, authors do their utmost to kill them off or lose them at sea from the very first page, thus freeing up their offspring to embark on a grand adventure. "
Congratulations to Overlook author Frank Deford, who later this week will receive a National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama for his lifetime achievement in transforming the way Americans think about sports.
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