Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Literary games (1)

No, not the Paul Auster kind. Let's start with the ever-popular "CHANGE ONE LETTER" game, in which the rule is to change one letter in an existing book title and give a brief description of the imagined result.

1. Wife of Pi

What is life like when you are married to one of nature's most famously irrational entities? Someone whose life and qualities seem to be fair game for mathematicians the world over? What if your spouse's digits are a topic of gossip worldwide - to the extent that geeks in internet chatrooms and idiots savants on PBS boast about their familiarity with those same digits? How does it feel to have your spouse's philandering relationship with that Eulerian trollop e immortalized for ever on the lavatory stall walls in engineering buildings and in math texts from Bratislava to Brazzaville, from Abkhazia to Zimbabwe? Even though some have said the relationship is purely an imaginary one.

"Wife of Pi" explores the story of an unsung heroine of mathematics, as Cherry Pi reveals what life is like as the spouse of one of nature's bad boiz. She clearly loves her man: "Sure he can be irrational, but life with him is just transcendental", she swoons, "I couldn't imagine it any other way".

2. A Thousand Splendid Subs

Jared's Story.

3. Goldilocks and the Three Beards

Once again, Goldi wondered just why it was that Fate had caused her to be trapped in an elevator with Kelly Preston, Nicole Kidman, and Katie Holmes.

4. A la recherche du temps Perdue

A man. A madeline. A chicken. A dream. It takes a tough man to write an autobiography as tender as this.

5. Sexbiscuit

The Anna Nicole Smith story.

6. The Year of Jiving Dangerously

Indonesian authorities crack down on dirty dancing.

7. Caesar's Garlic Wars

Internecine strife threatens to bring down a pizza-making empire.

8. Fast Wood Nation

Listening to Viagra.

9. Mulder on the Orient Express

Obviously, Poirot's "explanation" of the murder was just part of a government coverup.

10. CEO Wulf

A business fable about the monster in the corner office.

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