Thursday, February 17, 2011

The All-New One-Line Book-Review Quiz Competition Contest!

Here are my one-line reviews of the ten most-recent books I've read. Just to make it more interesting, I've separated the books and the reviews and added a couple of extra red herrings for kicks. See how many books you can match with their reviews. Or don't bother.


(1) Hitch 22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens

(2) Direct Action and Democracy Today, by April Carter

(3) The Seduction of Unreason: The Intellectual Romance with Fascism from Nietzsche to Postmodernism, by Richard Wolin

(4) The Death of the Liberal Class, by Chris Hedges

(5) Karl Polanyi: The Limits of the Market, by Gareth Dale

(6) Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error, by Kathryn Schulz

(7) The End of the World as We Know it: Social Science for the Twenty-First Century, by Immanuel Wallerstein

(8) Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy and Culture, by Alan Sokal

(9) Enough is Enough: How to Build a New Republic, by Fintan O'Toole

(10) Jacques Lacan: Death of an Intellectual Hero, by Stuart Schneiderman


(a) Facts? Yes, well, you can prove anything with facts.

(b) Man is born ignorant. It is education that makes him stupid.

(c) A tale told by a fool, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

(d) Like the proverbial curate's egg, it is good in parts.

(e) If this is what it feels like to be wrong, I don't want to be right.

(f) Everything I most assuredly know about morality and obligation, I learned from baseball.

(g) With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.

(h) It is better for civilization to be going down the drain than to be coming up it.

(i) Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.

(j) On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects.

(k) In these matters the only certainty is that nothing is certain.

(l) There is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is living in Ireland.


Lisa Rullsenberg said...

See, much as Christopher Hitchens amuses me, I really WANT to say his is (c)

John said...

Hi Lisa--

Hah! It could be any one of ten! That's the beauty of reviewing like this. :-)

mikeovswinton said...

Surely they are all D.