Wednesday, August 30, 2006


John Sutherland has come up with a list of the best books about listing:

Nick Hornby's High Fidelity (the classic anatomy of listomania);

Flaubert's Bouvard et Pécuchet (also up there with Don Q[uixote], in the great unread-but-should-be list);

Philip Hensher's The Fit;

Kingsley Amis's Girl, 20;

Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz (after nuclear holocaust, a Jewish husband's shopping list becomes a sacred text).

Click here to read the brief article for Sutherland's spur to invention as well as to learn why Schindler's List did not make the list list.

--Marshal Zeringue