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.
  1. "The list doesn't destroy culture; it creates it."
  2. "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.
  3. "My novels, by the way, are full of lists."