I have just completed four new literature lists:
Although most of the lists on Make Lists, Not War are meta-lists, some are more personal in nature. Most recently I published a list of every place I’ve lived. Other personal lists include: Where Have I Been? (all the states and countries I’ve visited), The Birds (all the birds I’ve ever seen), My Backyard Menagerie (all the creatures I’ve seen near our house), Native Plants I Have Grown and Loved (Part I and Part II) and Concert Log (all the music and comedy performances I’ve been to). I recently revised the Concert Log to add plays and other theatrical performances, so that all the live performances are together in one list. (Note: I’ve omitted performances in which I participated in some way.) There are significant gaps here – I know there are other plays, concerts and performances I’ve seen that I can’t recall right now, but I think I’ve covered the most significant ones. Here is the revised list: Live Performance Log.
I guess the real question is, why would anyone but me be interested in this list? I don’t know the answer. Some people like to look at other people’s experiences because it provides the vicarious pleasure of seeing through another’s eyes (“Oh, I would love to have seen Led Zeppelin live!”). Others may use it as inspiration to dig into their own pasts (“I’m going to make my own list!”). For others, reading this list would be a complete waste of time. No problem. Read it or not, here I come!
As you may already know, I don’t just make lists, I also like to play with my lists. (Contrary to popular belief, this does not lead to blindness.) I have been wanting to take my best music, literature and film of all time lists and set them up so you can see which items I’ve checked off, and so you can do the same. If you’ve ever spent any time on listsofbests.com, you know what I’m talking about. Unfortunately, WordPress (at least here in the cheap seats) doesn’t allow for such sophisticated programming. Undaunted, I have found an alternative ‘check-off’ method. Instead of checking off each movie I’ve seen, book I’ve read and and piece of music I’ve listened to, I have highlighted it in blue – Royal Blue, I might add. (See below.) So now, if you care (and, honestly, why would you?), you can find out which of the “best evers” I have partaken of so far. And to make the fun last longer, you can make a copy of each list and do the same. Happy listing!