July 16, 2005

"The Triumph of his Will."

Our local free newspaper the Isthmus, has a big cover story title "The Triumph of his Will," a story -- I didn't read it -- about some guy's will. Why would anyone think that was an acceptable title?

Maybe my clever commenters can come up with equivalent examples of titles of evil works of art being used as headlines for imaginary, exceedingly tame local human interest stories.

UPDATE: In a similar vein, one often sees the name of something profoundly serious used in jokey titles. One that is done so often it's also offensive for being trite is "the Battle of the Bulge" to refer to weight loss.


Matthew said...

But of course!

"Mine Camp," about a historic preservationist's struggle to preserve an abandoned mining settlement for posterity.

"The Protocols of the Elders of Zion Bible Church," about inside politics among the leaders of a local megachurch.

Ann Althouse said...

Matthew: You've got it! Hilarious!

Pastor_Jeff said...

Matthew: Excellent!

How about "120 Days of Sodom" - a tourist brochure on the winter festival in Sodom, VT.

I was going to do this, but someone beat me to it.

Ann Althouse said...

There's also my friend's blog The Columnist Manifesto.

gs said...

"The Berth of an Asian" tells the story of a Chinese immigrant who joins the US Merchant Marine during WWII. After initially encountering prejudice, he eventually wins the acceptance and respect of his crewmates. (Btw, the movie is better than the book.)

Incidentally, there's a blog named Protocols of the Yuppies of Zion. For human interest, try their visual and prose food blogging.

Rose Nunez said...

There was a used record store near my house years ago (remember records?) that called itself "The Vinyl Solution."

Love all of these!

Matthew said...

Love all these as well, and thanks.

Some more, not all referencing works of art, but inappropriate nonetheless:

"Concentration Camp," about summer sessions for school kids with ADHD.

"Baton Dearth March," covers a protest in response to music programs being cut at the local high school.

"The Commoner's Man o' Pesto" features a fellow who has started a successful, inexpensive vegetarian eatery.

Goesh said...

You brought the wags out on this one-

Pastor_Jeff said...

"Fair in Height for 51" - the AARP's new program advocating lowered height requirements on amusement park rides for early retirees.

peter hoh said...

Adam Sandler movie fails at U.S. box office. Distributor hopes to do better with the Asian release. Headline: Adam Bomb Hits Japan.

gs said...

Ann: Another post, please. This one is done for. Your update merely rearranges deck chairs on the Titanic.

Pastor_Jeff said...

"Low, Lita!" by James Herriot. Another collection of the popular British veteranarian's tales. The title story features his humorous efforts to cure the laryngitis of a local prize heifer.

I have also seen an optician's shop named "The Joy of Spex"

knoxgirl said...

I don't think this counts, but there are commercials now where people merrily sing: "You bet your sweet Aspercreme"

Bob said...

A couple of years ago, the local auto club magazine published an article on the virtues of touring Germany in the off season entitled something like "Sunny Days and Crystal Nights." The editor apparently had never heard of Kristallnacht, and apologized profusely in the next issue.

Rick Lee said...

I just noticed that weather site called the Weather Underground.
www.wunderground.com A totally normal weather site named after a domestic terrorist organization.

amba said...

I can imagine someone getting creamed in a golf game and referring to it as a Hole-o-caust.

But the simplest examples (of the latter type, not the former) slip under the radar because they've become "in a manner of speaking":

"I'm starving."
"I'm freezing."
"It was torture."

I became aware of this because I'm with someone who literally was starving and freezing at one time in his life (as a teen-age prisoner in a Gulag camp). I became very self-conscious about saying "I'm starving" or "I'm freezing" when what I meant was that I was very hungry, or kinda cold.

gs said...

This morning Ann quoted a post comparing blogging to partying.

So, in keeping with the principle that your best remarks at a party are the ones you think of after it's over, I googled the exact phrase 'Birth of a Notion'. Over 5000 results!