Thursday, January 14, 2010
It's On The List. . .
I do love making lists. Things to do, places to visit, and of course books to read. The Infinity of Lists by Umberto Eco, translated by Alastair McEwan, is a gorgeous book that has been sitting on my bedside table for a few weeks (I haven't read it yet, but have looked at the pretty pictures). It's an exploration of society's endless fascination and obsession not only with lists, but collecting, cataloguing, repetition and replication, beautifully illustrated with examples from art and literature. Michael Dirda from The Washington Post (always on my list of favourite book critics) has an enthusiastic review here. And you'll learn something too - such as the difference between asyndeton and polysyndeton.