I saw this recent news item and I realized it’s a perfect hook for a new work by the prolific and trash-talking historian Niall Ferguson.
Once the Kissinger biography is over, I assume Ferguson will want to return to his specialty, economic history. And what better topic than an exploration of mid-twentieth century Keynesianism. Ferguson can make use of this new research that was featured in Nature, explaining Keynes’s don’t-give-a-damn-about-tomorrow economics in light of the “five DNA markers that are associated with sexual orientation.”
So . . . here’s the competition. What should Niall title his book?
“Evilicious” is already taken.
“Keynes: The poof who changed history”—nah, that’s too crude.
“Keynes, like Jesus, had no children, and favored economic redistribution. Maybe there’s a reason for this, heh heh heh”—ummm, no, that’s even worse.
We need something subtle, clever, understated. Unfortunately I’m not British, and understatement is not my style—I’m more of a subtle-as-a-refrigerator-on-the-side-of-the-head kind of guy. So maybe you can help?
I’m guessing the winning entry will follow the now standard format of dramatic but vague title followed by descriptive subtitle.
Something like, “Maynard and the Ballerina: The five DNA markers that changed history.” But cleverer.
Any ideas? Free copy of Stan to the winner. Two free copies if you can somehow work in one of our other blog favorites, such as Ed Wegman or Dr. Anil Potti. Three free copies if you can make a mock-up book cover.