I reaped a rich harvest of pretentious titles in today's NYT Book Review. Remember that, as with covers, you can't judge a book by its title, which may not even be what the author wanted.
The Future of the Last Wild Food by Paul Greenberg. Oh no! There won't be any more wild food, ever. Reminds me of Bill McKibben's 1989 ecocide classic, The End of Nature.
Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. Really? The marriage of the century? The reviewer distances herself, "what tabloids called 'the marriage of the century'."
Cocaine Nation: How the White Trade Took Over the World by Tom Feiling. Oh, come on. Pizza maybe, or jeans.
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