Pick of the week – ATF 26 April 2010

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Why Human Beings Love Lists  (External site)

Idea Champions  •  April 10, 2010

16 reasons to skim this article. Check any magazine on the newsstand and there’s likely to be a “top 10 something-or-other” article on the cover. Why? Because lists make us feel safe. They’re a familiar format, they help us cope with information overload, they make us look knowledgeable, and we can fold them up and carry them in our pockets. Read the list for the rest of the reasons.

Short. Funny. Our favorite list is, of course, the OCLC Top 1000 Books. I think the facts about the list are pretty amusing. The list of other book lists like the Great Books canonical list is also addictive.


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