Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Review: Lists of Note
Lists of Note: An Eclectic Collection Deserving of a Wider Audience was made for those of us who can’t resist a list. Shaun Usher compiled 125 assorted lists that span the centuries from the ancient Egyptians to David Foster Wallace. The book includes lists as varied as:
• 50 possible names for Snow White’s Seven Dwarfs;
• F. Scott Fitzgerald’s conjugation of the verb, to cocktail;
• The titles of fake books Charles Dickens had made to fill his empty bookshelves;
• Rules from the Immaculate Heart College Art Department in 1967;
• Favorite books of Norman Mailer, Ernest Hemingway, and Edith Wharton.
Usher combines the lists with facsimile reproductions, historic photographs, ephemera, trivia, and anecdote. Lists of Note is a mesmerizing collection to get lost in for days.
Lists of Note would make a terrific graduation or housewarming gift because it is "coffee table" sized and a real conversation starter.
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