Iain Finlayson, writing in The Sunday Times, has offered a toast to the Encyclopedia Paranoiaca that makes all of us at the Cassandra Institute about as happy as the members of a think tank devoted to depressing information can possibly be.
Here’s his review:
“The indispensable guide to everyone and everything you should be afraid of or worried about” is remarkably balanced in its risk assessments. There is good news for anyone who doesn’t think of salad as a food group: it is highly contaminated with pathogens, therefore bad for you. Ditto brown rice: the outer grain is rich in arsenic. And sprouting stuff is full of salmonella. Gyms? Don’t go there. No, really. Stay away. Not good news either for rubber duckies floating in the bacterial soup that is a warm bath: they are killers. On the other hand … well, there is no other hand. Everything you thought you knew about virtuous living is wrong. But the vice-ridden opposite is also wrong. Living is a bio-hazard. Luckily, there are no entries for alcohol or reading, so drink to a book that could either cause you to die of a panic attack or laughter.