dec 17

Klosterman On Lists

It's my responsibility to explain why list-making matters, probably by making up some ridiculous counterintuitive argument and using words like "paradigm," self-reflexive," and "counterintuitive." I suppose I could suggest that the acceleration of technology has changed the way humans organize their internal thoughts, or that the proliferation of media has made list-making a necessary extension of cultural engagement, or that the ability to place pre-existing items into an arbitrary sequence has replaced the desire to generate an authentic personality. But that would be predictable.

--Chuck Klosterman, intro to Inventory. (The 2009 List of Lists is up to 250 entries and should double by the end of the year.)


So lists are like stories in themselves. David Letterman's daily top 10 list is a perfect example. They start with intrigue and end with a satisfying denoument at the end, proving the consistency of the silly/outrageous title.

It's a part of the cultrure for sure, and is an art form in itself.

posted by chest workout at 9:45 PM on December 17, 2009

I clicked the link to the lists you mentioned and I could spend an entire weekend reading them all... great stuff.

posted by coffee makers at 9:47 PM on December 17, 2009

Inventory is really good.

posted by Robert Quigley at 8:55 AM on December 18, 2009

David Letterman list does not amount to much

posted by Ian Stuart at 10:35 AM on December 18, 2009

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