Magazine editors have long known that their publications sell much better if they include lists on the covers: ten tips for managing your money; seven ways to build better relationships; a dozen undiscovered, inexpensive vacation spots to visit this summer. That sort of thing.
Private lists scratched out in notebooks help us organize our lives: bread & milk, phone Dad, pick up mower, dental appointment....
And lists delve deep into human experience, according to some. In a recent newsletter, Maria Popova quotes the writer Umberto Eco: “The list is the origin of culture."
Popova points out that the writer-philosopher Susan Sontag once made lists of her likes and dislikes. The result was intriguing, kind of like a cross between song lyrics and a map of the human psyche.
I was inspired to try my own list, pretty much off the top of my head.