RARA-AVIS: Willeford Titles

From: Mbdlevin@aol.com
Date: 26 Jun 2002

Mario Taboada writes:

<< Some additional glorious titles by Willeford: _New Hope for
 the Dead_, _The Shark-Infested Custard_ and _The Burnt
 Orange Heresy_. The titles perfectly reflect Willefordian
 irony, which is a gentle irony with surprising kinks. >>

Terrill Lankford:

<<Don't know if anyone mentioned THE WAY WE DIE NOW by Willeford>>

For a while, it seemed that Willeford wanted to use the title A NECKLACE OF HICKEYS (maybe even for Shark). The HIckeys (as characters) finally appear in New Hope. Not sure if hickey is a universal or regional bit of English. It's a bruise made by affectionately, if aggressively, sucking on the skin, usually on the neck (thus necklace), but sometimes in other places too. Victorian novelist Anthony Trollope's longest novel is The Way We Live Now. Doug

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