MAKE MARZIPAN, NOT WAR: Crazy rhymes for crazy times

Sabrina P. Ramet
Scarith, 2013
286 Pages, 21 Illustrations by Christine M. Hassenstab
ISBN 978-0-9886376-7-2 Paperback

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About the Author

Sabrina P. Ramet is a Professor of Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway, the author of 12 scholarly books and editor or co-editor of 27 scholarly books.  Her first collection of verse, Pets of the Great Dictators & Other Works, was published by Scarith Books in 2006; her first novel, Café Bombshell: The International Brain Surgery Conspiracy, was published by Scarith Books in 2008.

Christine M. Hassenstab, who prepared the artwork for this volume, earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in 2010.  She was a public defender in a previous life. She and Sabrina have a cat named Sasha, a sweet and lovable ball of fluff.

About the book

Think of this as a course catalogue, with courses arranged into departments. If you are going to enroll in this university, you should consider what interests you before picking your major, since you might be disappointed if you were to pick a major which is not interesting for you. So, if your interest is extraterrestrials, then majoring in astronomy should be your choice. Or, to take another example, if you want to be a TSA official at an airport, then majoring in home economics and transportation would be a better choice. If you are not sure what you find interesting, then we suggest that you major in literature and linguistics, since you will find everything reflected there. Looking to the future, be sure to check out our placement service, which guarantees to find you a position upon graduation. And finally, in our department of archeology, a few old artifacts are dug up from Pets of the Great Dictators and other works (2006; 2nd ed. 2008)and from Cheese Pirates:  Humorous verse for adult children (2011). In closing, as the great French mathematician and philosopher René Descartes once noted, if you really want to live, first think about it.


“Sabrina Ramet is widely known as the most authoritative scholar on the history of the Yugoslav world in the twentieth century. But she is also a poet and in this new collection of her verse, she delights us with her polished wit and deadly accurate observations on the universe (and contemporary life). She has a light and unfailingly accurate touch on the mood of the moment, and this collection is unhesitatingly recommended.”

―James Pettifer, Professor of History at Oxford University.

“No one has as much fun with important ideas as the prolific and witty Sabrina Ramet. She cajoles the reader into thinking hard between laughs, and reminds us that playing with philosophy can help us keep in perspective some of the more ephemeral intellectual vogues that so often distract us.”

―David Kanin, Professorial Lecturer, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.