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69 Responses to “The title of my book . . .”
len (not the one you hate) |
July 13th, 2012 at 11:32 am
I’d suggest Return of the Thug: When Blue Suits wear Pink Underwear and Tase your ass Until you Die.
But that’s just because I’ve been reading a certain blog for too long.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
That title is probably fine if you have a picture on the cover that conveys the idea that this is not a good thing. Seriously, the term “warrior cop” is going to leave many people with the impression that law enforcement is finally getting serious about fighting crime. TV is now filled with cop shows that portray these guys as militaristic warriors as if that’s a good thing.
My opinion only, of course, but a title that hinted at the growing divide between citizens and law enforcement might be better. I don’t have a refined suggestion off the top of my head, but something that implies that cops are developing an “us against them” culture where “citizens are the enemy” and they are “bringing the war to your street” might be a little closer to the intended message.
I know you didn’t ask for suggestions or opinions, but I refuse to let such a technicality stand in the way of my expressing them anyway.
Kickstarter seems perfectly willing to lend their traffic to support existing sites/brands (see Penny Arcade campaign). Win-win as you get introduced to others, can do the kickstarter tour & get a bunch of initial sales.
1. The average male chimp has about 4 times the strength of the average adult human male.
2. They have the intelligence of a human 2 or 3 year old. That might not sound very bright to you, but it is extreme intelligence.
3. The males really don’t like other males, including male humans. When they attack, they attempt to rip your balls off your body. I’m not kidding.
You don’t mess with chimps. Read this for a description of an attack:
Sorry but I don’t have a problem with shooting an agitated chimp. All the above posts regarding them are correct. Males are particularly aggressive and unpredictable once they reach adulthood. When attacking they generally target the hands, feet, face, and groin. Combined with their strength, this means the injuries are generally nightmarish.
The chimps belonged to poker player Lee Watkinson (if reports are correct).
Cops don’t know how to handle mentally handicapped people, kids, handcuffed old ladies, bed-ridden grannies, puppies, or pretty much anything. Well, they “handle” by shooting. So, if you or anything/anyone you love happens to cross an imaginary line cops happen to be watching…it’s a bullet for you. Chimp attacks are horrific, but I won’t default to a cop acting appropriately because of a written report.
I think the title will bring in more of the “few bad apples”/”if you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about” crowd to the book. The more of those people that read the book the better. You don’t have to sell the book the readers of this site again, 90% of us will already buy and read it.
Quiet Desperation |
July 13th, 2012 at 3:02 pm
Pay whatever license fee you need, but you’ve got to have Robocop on the cover.
Would love to speak freely about this exact topic one day to you Radley.
I have been in the police game for 20 plus years, after a tour of duty as a Marine infantryman.
Gots lots of thoughts on this subject.
Christopher Swing |
July 13th, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Robocop? pfft. Too nice.
I think we all know the US is aiming to make the parody/satire that is Judge Dredd normalized reality.
OTOH, To the best of my memory Dredd usually only referred to people as “creep!” or “citizen,” being smart enough to realize “civilian” would be wrong. So at least that character realized he was a street judge, not an occupying soldier.
The value-free ring of that title, though hardly red meat for our crowd, is actually an important virtue. The book needs to be read. If he called it “No-Knock This, Asshole!” and put a picture of a dead dog on the cover, it might be awhile before his opus started showing up on college reading lists.
Besides, the title he went with has some amusing potential as a false flag. Some people will up buying it as a birthday gift for the cop in the family. Maybe some chief who only reads the title will embarrass himself by assigning it in his police academy. Now that would be a nice story to read on morning links.
When the book comes out, try to use your Huffington Post connection to get on the Daily Show. Stewart has authors on constantly (at least 1 or 2 a week), and your sales will fucking skyrocket if you get on the show. And Stewart is actually a pretty damned fair guy for someone who admittedly is primarily on one side politically. And his mostly left audience is a good audience for the subject matter.
When the video game version comes out, make sure there are extra points for beating handcuffed suspects while shouting “Stop Resisting!”, and extra ammo for shooting puppies and chimps. This could be bigger than Modern Warfare.
That is a great title. It is expressive of the content and relativity neutral in tone, indicating that the subject will get a fair review. Hopefully the artwork will carry the same message. The topic is important and needs both a fair review and access to a broad audience.
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