Umberto Eco über Top-Listen

Ich liebe Top-Listen. Die besten Alben, Filme, Bücher, Dingens den Jahres… genau mein Ding. Und ich kenne mindestens genau so viele Leute wie Listen, die eben jene als Blödsinn abtun. Einer meiner Lieblings-Schriftsteller, Umberto Eco, hat sich jetz bei spOnline für Listen ausgesprochen. Zu Recht.

Umberto Eco: The list is the origin of culture. It's part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order -- not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart's librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. We also have completely practical lists -- the shopping list, the will, the menu -- that are also cultural achievements in their own right.

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