May 28, 2017

Wise Men Say ...

I saw this Bill James book online a few days ago. What (I think) has to be a misused apostrophe is so glaring that I fear I'm reading it wrong. (And why is there an extra "n" in "in"?)


Let's assume the cover is correct. Is the title referring to a motel owned by someone named Fool? What would that have to do with baseball? If "in" was spelled with one "n", I would suggest that the rushing in is quote unquote owned by the fool, so it is his rush in ... to some type of conventional thinking. (The Amazon listing uses the Acta cover, but gives the title as "Fools Rush Inn".)

There was an earlier James book with a similar cover. Did Acta Sports just go back to the old template and update it a little bit without really looking at it? (Here, it appears that the fool is James and readers will find some informational "gold" from him inside the book.)


6 comments:

laura k said...

Is there a hotel or inn named the Fool's Rush Inn? There would have to be a place called The Fool's Rush. A rush for fools. A special fool's rush. Then there would be a hotel named for that place.

allan said...

Is there a hotel or inn named the Fool's Rush Inn?

Even if there was/is*, what connection would that have to combating conventional wisdom regarding baseball?

* There is one in Fairfield, Iowa!

Amy said...

Without reading the book, it's hard to understand the title at all. Huha?? I assume it is a reference to the earlier book, but i just don;t get it. At least with the Herald ten years ago I could see a play on words. Not here.

laura k said...

It is indeed strange.

Jim Goodale said...

Does James have a history of dumping on his critics? Maybe it's a grade-school attempt at suggesting that they're so dumb they can't even spell but dare to criticize him? Other than that, I got nuthin'.

Amy said...

I googled the book, hoping to find a clue, but found nothing helpful. But I did see, as you noted, that Amazon has a cover without the apostrophe. Maybe what you posted was a misprint that was recalled and redone??