A Few Scattered Thoughts About Lists

Lists can be used for many purposes, some more practical (like a shopping list) and others more literary (like Vladimir Nabokov’s inventory of tourist attractions in Lolita), some more serious (like the articles of the United States Constitution) and others more lighthearted (like Benjamin Franklin’s 228 synonyms for drunkenness). Lists can also be an entertaining format to communicate tastes and preferences, and these are the ones that always intrigue and entertain me. Here are the main reasons why I enjoy making lists of favorites and looking at other people’s lists of favorites. Organized, of course, as a list.

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The Mystery Novels of L.F. VerĂ­ssimo

Crimes from pulp fiction books reenacted by a real murderer. A locked-room mystery disrupting a conference about Edgar Allan Poe. Members of a gastronomy club being killed one by one right after having their favorite dishes. These are just a few of the plots from L.F. VerĂ­ssimo’s novels. But what really makes them interesting to me are their narrative structures and the cultural artifacts that fuel them.

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On Being an Elsewherean

An elsewherean is a person who, regardless of current location, is originally from somewhere else. But how would that be possible? Please allow me to explain.

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