This week's nomination for fabulously goofy book concept is "Haiku U: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables" by David...

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This week’s nomination for fabulously goofy book concept is “Haiku U: From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables” by David M. Bader (Gotham Books, 112 pp., $15). Bader, who also authored “Haikus for Jews: For You, a Little Wisdom,” has distilled 100 classics of world literature into the 17-syllable haiku form. Without further ado, here’s a few:

“The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Grim, gray New England


all adulterers receive


free monogramming.

“Saint Joan” by George Bernard Shaw

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Strange girl. Hears voices.


But, by Jove, even in death


she lights up a room.

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift

Thus I was first great


then small, and much vexed to learn


that size does matter.

Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor