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Checklists. Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity. By Maria Popova How to feel your way toward something honest, hidden under the trapdoor on the top of your skull. Susan Sontag argued that lists confer value and guarantee our existence. Umberto Eco saw in them “the origin of culture.” But lists, it turns out, might be a remarkably potent tool for jostling the muse into manifesting — a powerful trigger for that stage of unconscious processing so central to the creative process, where our mind-wandering makes magic happen.

In Zen in the Art of Writing (public library), one of these ten essential books on writing, Ray Bradbury describes an unusual creative prompt he employed in his early twenties: He began making long lists of nouns as triggers for ideas and potential titles for stories: These lists were the provocations, finally, that caused my better stuff to surface. I was beginning to see a pattern in the list, in these words that I had simply flung forth on paper, trusting my subconscious to give bread, as it were, to the birds. 127 Reasons Why We're Fascinated By Lists. We are a society of listers. Grocery lists, to-do lists, bestsellers lists, the “25 Random Things About Me” meme on Facebook that generated almost 5 million notes in one week. Mainstream magazines feature them, entire websites are devoted to them.

Even museums have begun celebrating them: the Smithsonian organized an exhibition two years ago titled, simply, “ Lists ,” which featured examples of the form by the likes of H.L. Mencken and Picasso. (The latter’s handwritten 1912 list recommended artists for inclusion in the first-ever Armory Show.) The year before that, the Louvre invited Italian writer Umberto Eco to curate an exhibition and event series based on a theme of his choosing. His idea? Eco also published a lavish and philosophical coffee-table book under the same title. In the U.S., we often laud things by naming months after them. includes one “glazomania: a passion for listmaking.” What, exactly, is the list doing to—or for—us? 1. 2. 3. I write a lot of lists. Metacritic - Movie Reviews, TV Reviews, Game Reviews, and Music Reviews. Reviews. The 50 Best Genre-Bending Books.

50 Most Influential Books of the Last 50 (or so) Years | Super Scholar. In compiling the books on this list, the editors at SuperScholar have tried to provide a window into the culture of the last 50 years. Ideally, if you read every book on this list, you will know how we got to where we are today. Not all the books on this list are “great.” The criterion for inclusion was not greatness but INFLUENCE. All the books on this list have been enormously influential. The books we chose required some hard choices.

Because influence tends to be measured in years rather than months, it’s much easier to put older books (published in the 60s and 70s) on such a list than more recent books (published in the last decade). Older books have had more time to prove themselves. We also tried to keep a balance between books that everyone buys and hardly anyone reads versus books that, though not widely bought and read, are deeply transformative. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. Books. Libri. What Should I Read Next? Book recommendations from readers like you.

Reading Lists: The Ultimate Guide to Making Your Own. Catagories The first step to creating a reading list is to know what you like to read, or like me, to have a goal of the kind of books or number of books you would like to read. From there, you can make a list of the different categories of your list. You might ask yourself, why have categories, isn't a simple list enough? Sure, but if you really want to be ambitious or have a grand list in mind, categories will keep you organized and when going over your list, you'll have a starting point to find what you are looking for. Alternatively, if you are an eclectic reader, you might be feeling a mystery one day and a romance the next and a classic the next. Curious about what kinds of categories should you include in your list? Where to Look So you have the basic outline of your reading list, but you need to fill it with all your favorite, or to-be-favorite books!

Modern Library is a website full of reading lists. Using Your List; Book Catalogs Keep your list on your computer. In Conclusion. Books that will induce a. Here is the list of books that will officially induce mindfucks, sorted alphabetically by author. Those authors in bold have been recommended by one or more people as being generally mindfucking - any books listed under their names are particularly odd. You're welcome to /msg me to make an addition to this list. And finally, although he's way down at the bottom, my personal recommendation is definitely Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, as it turns the ultimate mindfuck: inverting the world-view of our entire culture, and it is non-fiction.

10 Trends Driving The Future Of Book Publishing - Digital Thinking. Remember those days? Mark Coker (@markcoker), Founder of Smashwords, the world’s largest indie book distributor, gave a great talk at the excellent Edinburgh Publishing Conference on the key trends driving the future of the book publishing industry. The conference brought together a wide range of experiences from across the publishing industry under the title ‘Publishing: Evolution, Disruption & the Future’ and further posts will follow in due course.

Founded in 2008, Smashwords is now the world’s largest indie book distributor, with 60,000 authors and it shares data about what book sales looks like. Mark’s wife was a former reporter for a soap opera magazine. Together, they wrote a novel called ‘Boob Tube‘. Mark’s view is that the publishing industry has developed a culture of ‘no’. So Smashwords was founded to answer the question – what if we could make it possible for any writer, anywhere in the world, to publish for free – meaning to upload, distribute and to get paid. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Five Books That Are Also Labyrinths. In his classic story of spies and crossed fates, “The Garden of Forking Paths,” Jorge Luis Borges imagines a labyrinthine manuscript, “a growing, dizzying web of divergent, convergent, and parallel times.”

The fictional book of the story is unfinished, not only because its author is murdered before he can complete it, but also because its form is necessarily infinite, encompassing all timelines generated by every decision of every character: an inescapable maze. Yet the structures of some real books resemble what Borges had in mind. Not only do these novels challenge our understanding of narrative linearity, they invite us to participate in the making of the story, to play along with each reading. And just as with a well-built maze, getting lost in each of these books can be a lot of fun. Milorad Pavić, The Dictionary of the Khazars Italo Calvino, The Castle of Crossed Destinies Lily Hoang, Changing B.S. Nanni Balestrini, Tristano Edward Gorey, “The Helpless Doorknob: A Shuffled Story” 25 Books That Define Cool.

Let’s abandon the childish notion that reading isn’t cool. We’re grown men here and reading happens to be one of the many ways we enjoy spending a bit of our free time. Of course, sitting down with just any book doesn’t always make for a great experience. We want to read something with wit, masculinity, and a pervading sense of effortless cool. Here are 25 books that fit that description perfectly. 1. This list could easily include just about everything Papa Hemingway wrote. 2. Written over 2,500 years ago, The Art of War is still as important today as it was for warriors back then. 3. Honestly, you could put just about every book from the good doctor on this list – Hell’s Angels and The Rum Diary come to mind – but if you had to pick one, you have to go with Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and all its drug-fueled insanity. 4. 5.

You’ve probably seen the movie, but have you read the book it was based on? 6. 7. Blood Meridian paints an image of brutality that no film could match. 8. 9. To Read. Lists made easy + social + fun! - Lists. 101 quick links. Ten Most. Top Ten Lists - View All Lists. AnimalsWho doesn't like animals?

Find lists of animals you'd like to own, animals you'd like to eat, and animals that will eat you back.BooksAh, the TV and radio of years past. If you haven't picked one up recently, you probably should. They're called classics for a reason.Companies and ProductsWhat do people think is the premier mobile phone, hottest new car, best jeans, or skate deck with the most pop? Find out.Consumer ServicesNeed help researching insurance companies, building your website, or even finding a date? EducationWhether you are a fan of school looking for the top institutions, or not a fan and spel lik dis, there are lists here for you.FoodsMuch more than a staple of life, foods can be everything from a simple pleasure to the way to a man's heart.GamesWhether you play games on consoles, PC, or prefer the non digital sort, you'll probably find at least one list here worth voting on.InternetFew things have revolutionized our society like the proliferation of the Internet.

Top 10 Lists - Listverse. Listopia. Listal - List the stuff you love! Top Weird,Odd and Cool lists - Weirdly Odd. The 100 Hottest Cars of All Time. Reading Lists. Print - The 75 Books Every Man Should Read. Never Let Me Go | Top 10 Novels of the 2000s. Whichbook | A new way of choosing what to read next.

The Greatest Books of All Time, as Voted by 125 Famous Authors. Tolstoy holds a 11-point lead over Shakespeare in these literary opinion polls. "Reading is the nourishment that lets you do interesting work," Jennifer Egan once said. This intersection of reading and writing is both a necessary bi-directional life skill for us mere mortals and a secret of iconic writers' success, as bespoken by their personal libraries.

The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity's greatest British and American writers—including Norman Mailer, Ann Patchett, Jonathan Franzen, Claire Messud, and Joyce Carol Oates—"to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what [they] consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time- novels, story collections, plays, or poems. " Of the 544 separate titles selected, each is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any list—so, a book that tops a list at number one receives 10 points, and a book that graces the bottom, at number ten, receives 1 point. 1. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Top 10 Best Books For Inquiring Minds. Books We have done a number of previous book lists that have featured some very popular books. It seems, with Christmas just around the corner, that we ought to do a special list of books that are perfect as gifts for the kinds of people that frequent out site – people seeking after new knowledge and trivia. This list is books is hand picked by me for no reason other than I have either read them and enjoyed them, or they have been extremely big sellers amongst our readers.

Be sure to buy some for your friends or loved ones, or buy one for yourself for some reading over the Christmas break. The Greatest Stories Never Told Rick Beyer Buy this book from Amazon This is history candy — the good stuff. Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things Charles Panati Buy this book at Amazon If you enjoy trivia and unusual facts, then Charles Panati’s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, is the perfect book. Book of Secrets Thomas Eaton Buy this book at Amazon The Book of General Ignorance Bill Bryson Bonus. Greatest Books Ever Written - Esquire's 75 Books Every Man Should Read. The 50 SF Books You Must Read.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Lists 8 (Free) Books Every Intelligent Person Should Read. A user posed the question to Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Which books should be read by every single intelligent person on the planet?” Below, you will find the book list offered up by the astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium, and popularizer of science. Where possible, we have included links to free versions of the books, all taken from our Free Audio Books and Free eBooks collections. Or you can always download a professionally-narrated book for free from Details here. If you’re looking for a more extensive list of essential works, don’t miss The Harvard Classics, a 51 volume series that you can now download online. 1.) The Bible (eBook) – “to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.” 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) Tyson concludes by saying: “If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.”

H/T goes to Galley Cat. Sci-Fi Lists - Top 100 Sci-Fi Books.