More Than a Grocery List
An artsy guy named Bill Keaggy collected a bunch of grocery lists in his blog and book, “Milk Eggs Vodka: Grocery Lists Lost and Found.” People from all over sent in their lists or ones that they found and the results were pretty telling. There were normal grocery items like milk and eggs. But some offer strange combinations like the one that includes hair detangler and Prozac. Bill’s commentary always makes me laugh. Check it out for a chuckle.
A Life in Lists
Another curator of lists is Karen Rizzo. No relation but we must be long lost cousins or something. We both share a love of lists as a way of organizing thoughts. Her book, “Things to Bring, S#!T to Do… and other inventories of anxiety” is a really fun read. It tells all the ups and downs of her life through her to-do lists. Why didn’t I think of that? I’ve tried to reach out to her to tell her I love her book but I can’t seem to find her — if anyone does, please send her my way.
Short Story is Really a List
Yet another smart cookie is using a list to tell a story. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan wrote a piece for the Guardian called “To Do,” which is a short story disguised as a list. In about 300 words she tells a sinister story that people with short attention spans can love.
Your lists can be introspective, functional, fun, happy, sad, creative or even pointless. I love to hold on to my old lists and look back at what I was doing and what mattered at the time. Take a look at your own lists and let me know what you find!