Weirdest Books Ever
Have you ever started to read a book and some pages later realized it was absolutely weird? I have! You would be surprised, but the critics created the most amusing literary award in the world, Diagram Prize. It is given annually to the authors who wrote the strangest books or the books with the strange names, which is often the same. By the way, this event can be called the least known literary event on the planet. One should keep in mind, the idea to reward the most insane works occurred to one literature critic in 1978. The first prize went to the book which is called “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice”. In 2010 the judges gave their preference a book entitled “Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way”. Isn’t it odd? Oh, it is! Every year about 70 books take part in this competition, and the critics select just six best books. In 2011 despite the economic downturn, the number of unusual books was so great that the founders of the Diagram Prize decided to withdraw seven finalists.
To tell the truth, it’s not easy to find these books in a typical bookstore, but you should be warned anyway. Well here’s the list of the most weird books of 2011.
1) Century of Sand Dredging in the Bristol Channel: Volume Two
by Peter Gosson. This is a review of the sand trade from 1912 to the present day, focusing on the Welsh coast.
2) Cooking with Poo
by Saiyuud Diwong. It’s a Thai cookbook. One should take into account, that “Poo” means “crab” in Thai, and it’s Diwong’s nickname.
3) Estonian Sock Patterns All Around the World
by Aino Praakli. The book surveys the manners of stockings and type of socks in Estonian knitting.
4) The Great Singapore Penis Panic: And the Future of American Mass Hysteria
by Scott D Mendelson. This is an investigation of the “Koro” psychiatric epidemic that hit Singapore in 1967.
5) Mr Andoh’s Pennine Diary: Memoirs of a Japanese Chicken Sexer in 1935 Hebden Bridge
by Stephen Curry and Takayoshi Andoh. This is the story of adventurer Koichi Andoh, who traveled from Japan to Yorkshire in the 1930s to train farmers the art of determining the sex of day-old chicks.
6) A Taxonomy of Office Chairs
by Jonathan Olivares. It’s an overview of the evolution of the modern office furniture. There are more than 400 pages in this book.
7) The Mushroom in Christian Art
by John A Rush. The author asserts that Jesus is represented by the Holy Mushroom.
The critics also made such a nomination as the worst sex writing of the year. Among the contenders for the prize were Stephen King, Haruki Murakami and James Frey, but David Guterson became a winner. Guterson’s overuse of euphemisms like “front parlour”, “family jewels” or “back door” helped him get the prize with his book “Ed King”.
The winners traditionally get nothing. Nothing but advertising.