Lists of Book Lists

I love book lists.  There is really no wrong way to create the list; breadth of topics are just as interesting as a narrowly focused list.  We love to list things in general: top forty songs, top 100 books of all time, top 5 favorite movies, etc…  There are infinite ways to enumerate objects and for lovers of lists, or those interested in meta-listing, I highly recommend Umberto Eco’s The Infinity of Lists, which is a beautiful collection produced in collaboration with the Louvre.

My current book backlog.  I quickly made friends with the library...
My current book backlog. I quickly made friends with the library…

One can learn much from a list of favorites. Reflecting on my favorite books, I detect a theme of satirical, skeptical, and distrustful attitudes toward authority: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Catch-22, The Castle, Atlas Shrugged, and Slaughterhouse 5.  Ironically, my time in the military strengthened this feeling.

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