Such a christening would have forced me to run away from home at the first opportunity and to join a band of gypsies somewhere. It made me conscious from a very young age about things that might have been.
I'm particularly interested in the names for works that writers consider and then reconsider. I remember when I found out that one of the working titles for Yeats's famous poem "The Circus Animals' Desertion" was "Tragic Toys." It made me smile. Good thing he changed it, huh? A Pemberton moment there.
On the other hand, Eliot's original title for "The Waste Land" ("He Do the Police in Different Voices," a line from Dickens) I quite like.
Two of the titles I mulled over for Reverend America come from song titles. The first is the gospel number "How I Got Over." The great Mahalia Jackson (who we heard a lot of when I was growing ...