The Pleasure of a Good List

I love lists. My life is oragnized in lists:

  • Daily and weekly to-dos neatly categorized by topic
  • Contacts (because who remembers phone numbers anymore?)
  • FB friends
  • Recipes that I have reviewed and want to cook
  • Books I want read
  • Playlists on Spotify
  • “My List” on Netflix
  • Travel bucket list
  • Affirmations and intentions
  • Wish lists
  • The never-ending grocery lists

I also take great pleasure in reading a good list. I recently found a list, written by Dr. Watson describing Sherlock Holmes, that appeared in A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle. Can you see the essence of their entire relationship captured in this list?

Dr. Watson's summary list of Sherlock Holmes's strengths and weaknesses_-3

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For those who seek enjoyment in reading lists there is Listverse with its “10 of” lists categorised into Bizarre, Entertainment, General Knowledge, Lifestyle, Science, Society. You can read about 10 disgusting delicacies from around the world, or 10 spooky facts about Halloween, or 10 toxic bodies of water.

Few years ago, the New Yorker put together a definitive list of the lists – The Hundred Best Lists of All Time. It includes the known and expected – Billboard Top 100, Maxim Hot 100, Fortune 500.  Then you have the amusing Van Halen 1982 tour-provisions “rider”, the immortal Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues, and the truly esoteric Apollo 11 surface checklist. It’s a really useful compilation, you never know when you might need to look up the ranking of dog breeds by intelligence or Warren Buffett’s investment checklist.

Maybe I should write a list of the pleasures of a good list?


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