Is it a Bad Title?

David Kelly, in his blog “Paper Cuts” for the New York Times, makes a nomination for the Bad Title Club:

The title of Neal Stephenson’s latest work of speculative fiction, “Anathem,” struck me as an unfortunate one, at least on first (and second) glance, for three reasons: it looks like a typo for “Anthem”; we can’t be entirely sure how to pronounce it; and most of us have no idea what it means. Still, it’s better than “Religulous” or “A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity.”

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the link.]

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