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Aug 31, 2010 11:12 AM | 0 comments

We've all been warned about judging books by their covers, but what's in a name? The comedian Dan Wilbur is currently grappling with that question on his aptly named website Better Book Titles, which features altered book covers that get more to the point. Wilbur promises to "cut through all the cryptic crap, and give you the meat of the story in one condensed image." Instantly, giant tomes of literature like Madame Bovary (or, Getting Fondled at the County Fair) are whittled down to their "finer" points. The wittiest of these misnomers often summarize the book at hand by way of cultural criticismStieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo becomes This Is the First Book I've Read in Six Years.


Can you think of any books with names that might benefit from a little clarification? If so, we'd love to hear your suggestions! Be it Twilight or Moby-Dick, no genre is sacred, no title is safe. Submit your comments and prepare your fellow No Shush-ers for what's to come!

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