December 17th, 2009 / 2:26 pm
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Of course ‘Best Of Year’ or ‘Top Ten’ lists are stupid: does that mean they have no value? Do you yell at Polaroids?

65 Comments

  1. Tim Horvath
  2. Tim Horvath
  3. carl

      i get the purpose of lists and i understand that lists are supposed to be a re-hashing of sorts…my beef with lists isn’t so much with the lists themselves but the fact that every tom dick and harry has to then make their own lists and then the whole process seems watered down and redundant. also, i liked brian foley’s decade list. that seemed well thought out.

  4. carl

      i get the purpose of lists and i understand that lists are supposed to be a re-hashing of sorts…my beef with lists isn’t so much with the lists themselves but the fact that every tom dick and harry has to then make their own lists and then the whole process seems watered down and redundant. also, i liked brian foley’s decade list. that seemed well thought out.

  5. ZZZZZZIP

      ZZZZIPP TOOK MANY BOOKS OUT OF THE LIBRARY

      HE IS NOT MADE OF MONEY

  6. ZZZZZZIP

      ZZZZIPP TOOK MANY BOOKS OUT OF THE LIBRARY

      HE IS NOT MADE OF MONEY

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  8. Elisa

      Forget what people say. Blog posts that are lists get the most traffic so people evidently love them. Writers especially love the idea of a list on which they might find themselves.

      Don’t people love rants about lists just as much as they love lists though? Can’t we do both? I just “ranted” about a list (not really), not BECAUSE it’s a list, but because it was so funny-dumb:

      http://thefrenchexit.blogspot.com/2009/12/prepare-to-get-inspired.html

      P.S. Blake: I saw your talk about sentences. Good talk. I forgot what it was like to watch someone talk (vs. read). It’s different.

  9. Elisa

      Forget what people say. Blog posts that are lists get the most traffic so people evidently love them. Writers especially love the idea of a list on which they might find themselves.

      Don’t people love rants about lists just as much as they love lists though? Can’t we do both? I just “ranted” about a list (not really), not BECAUSE it’s a list, but because it was so funny-dumb:

      http://thefrenchexit.blogspot.com/2009/12/prepare-to-get-inspired.html

      P.S. Blake: I saw your talk about sentences. Good talk. I forgot what it was like to watch someone talk (vs. read). It’s different.

  10. mimi

      1) I love lists and love to make them.
      2) I like to read other peoples lists, however I do have my limits. The more well written a list, the more I like to read it.
      3) Other peoples lists can often remind me of:
      a) list(s) I want to make.
      b) thing(s) I want to add to my list(s).
      c) books I want to read, movies I want to see, etc etc etc.
      d) many other things I can’t remember right now.
      4) Writing a list can make me feel like I have:
      a) organized my thoughts (temporarily at least).
      b) “accomplished something”, however useful or not useful.
      c) “acted” efficiently.
      d) created something visually or artistically appealing (to me).
      5) Writing lists can make me feel many other things I can’t remember right now.
      6) It can be embarrassing to me to have other people read my lists. Most of my lists are:
      a) secret.
      b) hidden.
      c) stupid.
      d) two out of three of the above.
      e) all of the above.
      7) There are many other things about lists that I could say but I can’t think of them right now.

  11. mimi

      1) I love lists and love to make them.
      2) I like to read other peoples lists, however I do have my limits. The more well written a list, the more I like to read it.
      3) Other peoples lists can often remind me of:
      a) list(s) I want to make.
      b) thing(s) I want to add to my list(s).
      c) books I want to read, movies I want to see, etc etc etc.
      d) many other things I can’t remember right now.
      4) Writing a list can make me feel like I have:
      a) organized my thoughts (temporarily at least).
      b) “accomplished something”, however useful or not useful.
      c) “acted” efficiently.
      d) created something visually or artistically appealing (to me).
      5) Writing lists can make me feel many other things I can’t remember right now.
      6) It can be embarrassing to me to have other people read my lists. Most of my lists are:
      a) secret.
      b) hidden.
      c) stupid.
      d) two out of three of the above.
      e) all of the above.
      7) There are many other things about lists that I could say but I can’t think of them right now.

  12. mimi

      PS- Next time, how about a comment thread about comment threads.

  13. mimi

      PS- Next time, how about a comment thread about comment threads.

  14. mimi

      Not necessarily. They can be like a tree.

  15. mimi

      Not necessarily. They can be like a tree.