Fuse #8

Friday, August 04, 2006

List Time! Glorious Fabulous List Time!

I suspect that if you took a handful of librarians, placed them in a small room, and handed them a couple hundred lists you'd have some fairly happy campers right up until the food and water ran out. Lists sustain us like nothing else. And since we've gone a good 4 or 5 days here without one, why not roll out the list of 100 greatest books Penguin recently rolled out for its 60th anniversary. Allowing itself a little more whimsy than other lists, I was still relatively intrigued that they placed Alice In Wonderland under the Best Journey category. At least they weren't calling her a minx like poor Lolita.


At 8:18 PM , Blogger John L said...

Many of the usual suspects -- but where do they come up with those categories? And if a book has "the best something" in it, does that make it one of the best books of all time?

I also wonder if they came up with the books first, then found categories to fit them, or picked the categories first?

At 10:42 AM , Blogger fusenumber8 said...

Agreed. This is pretty much the MTV Movie Awards of book lists. I suspect that most of the books came before the categories. Then they found fillers.


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