Saturday, January 19, 2008

Entitled?

As a writer who has never published a book, I feel somewhat obligated to follow the suggestions of people who publish a catalog of books several times a year. With that, I suppose I will acquiesce to the title of Seven Wheelchairs.

On the other hand, I remain convinced a snappier sub-title is worthwhile -- snappier, at least, than Living with Polio.

As noted, even dropping with for past or beyond would be an improvement, but I continue to think something like Riding Away from Polio would be far better.

I can understand the desire for "wheelchair" and "polio" in the title, and then there is seven. Seven ...

  1. "All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire," said Aristotle.
  2. "Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins," said Lao Tzu.
  3. "Fall seven times and stand up eight," according to Japanese wisdom.
  4. "We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words," said Khalil Gibran.
  5. "I can't write five words but that I change seven," Dorothy Parker.
  6. "You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years," an English proverb.
  7. "Naturally we would prefer seven epiphanies a day and an earth not so apparently devoid of angels," Jim Harrison.
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