WE LIKE LISTS BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO DIE: UMBERTO ECO
From a SPIEGEL interview with Italian novelist Umberto Eco, "We like lists because we don't want to die," Eco, who once curated an exhibit about lists at the Louvre and who wrote a book called The Infinity of Lists, discusses the place lists hold in the history of culture.
- •"The list doesn't destroy culture; it creates it."
- •"Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists."In fact, there is a dizzying array: lists of saints, armies and medicinal plants, or of treasures and book titles. Think of the nature collections of the 16th century.
- •"My novels, by the way, are full of lists."