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  •  Hello, Queen of the Morning, from the sluggard of (6+ / 0-)

    the afternoon.

    15 years ago, I started asking my friends "Who are the 10 greatest rock bands?". I thought I'd figure out who the greatest bands were. I soon learned that there's no definitive answer (though I'd happily give you one, and defend it in a filibuster). The most interesting thing I found in the answers was, I could infer how each of my friends defined rock music in their own minds.

    I enjoy lists of "greatest novels" not because I find factual truth there, but because they lead to interesting debates about the essential elements of Greatness, and Novels, and also about the boundaries we imagine around those concepts.

    I end up with a whole mess of titles, qualities, and ideas in my head. But I enjoying analyzing the mess, both to figure out which books I should explore for new horizons, and to help sort which of the books I've already read mean the most to me.

    "There is an author for every mood." Absolutely. I find, after all my thrashing and sorting, I have a larger and more distinct map of the different moods and flavors in books, and which of my literary appetites they each feed. I can never just let things rest in a simple, natural state. I guess it's just how I like to fuss.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Sat Nov 09, 2013 at 01:56:56 PM PST

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