Lists of Note
Is there anything more satisfying than crossing something off your to do list? I for one, live for it. And if we’re being really honest, every once in a while I jot down an already handled task, just so I can cross it off.
My love for lists goes beyond making them. Things to eat before you die? Let’s get working on it! Best movies of 2015? Add them to the Netflix queue.
List-making and list-following feels organized and productive. I know its not just me—just look at our Listography series, now 10 volumes strong, and the multitude of Things to Check Out journals we’ve published.
This June, we’re releasing Lists of Note. It’s the follow up to New York Times bestseller Letters of Note and is an eclectic collection of lists much more notable than mine. It’s a fascinating, voyeuristic peek at the rules, to-dos and priorities from Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Cash, Chrissie Hynde, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and more.
Here is one of my favorites, by Edith Wharton:
My Favorite Books, 1909
Divina Commedia; Dante Alighieri
Seneca the Younger
Giacomo Leopardi, John Keats
Blaise Pascal: Pensées & Provinciales
Origin of Species; Charles Darwin
Walt Whitman; The Leaves of Grass
Nietzsche: Jenseits v. gut u Böse (Beyond Good and Evil); Genealogie der Moral
(On the Genealogy of Morality); Wille zur Macht (The Will to Power)
Lettres de Flaubert
Goethe’s Conversations with Eckermann
Le Rouge et la noir; Stendhal
La Chartreuse de Parme; Stendhal
Mme Bovary; Gustave Flaubert
The Egoist; George Meredith
Anna Karenina; Leo Tolstoy
Harry Richmond; George Meredith
The Portrait of a Lady; Henry James
Adolphe; Benjamin Constant
Manon Lescaut; Abbé Prévost
A list by English essayist Sydney Smith
Body Parts for Which I am Grateful by Tina Fey
Degrees of Vagabond by Thomas Harman
Lists of Note goes on sale June 16. Preorder a copy here and get a free Moleskine notebook to fill with a few lists of your own!
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