Sunday, November 7, 2010


Making a List is a review of To-Do List by Sasha Cagen (Simon and Schuster, New York, 2007). But it also offers reflections that are worthy of being pursued further.

This does not mean I agree with the reviewer. To say that "List-writing ... embodies a paradigm shift" because (?) the "reincarnation of the list bears a striking semblance to a simplified weblog" seems to me a bit much. Lists are the oldest and most basic form of making sense of disparate information. They remain, even in their electronic form, very limited tools.[1] But this does not mean they are unimportant or not worth thinking about further.

1. See also Umberto Eco on Lists and Sontag on Lists and Collections. .

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