Impulse to lists
We Americans seem to love binary systems of ones and zeros, winners and losers, white and black, red and blue, redeemed and damned, good and bad. A two-party system gives us lists so we'll know what's approved and don't have to decide for ourselves or, in "Beloved's" case, read for ourselves.
Of course there is a real difference between banning a book and naming it the best of some category, but beneath that obvious difference is a shared idea and impulse.
Read the rest of the poststructualist critique of lists in my new weekly column at the Clayton News Daily. Newspaper writings will be linked in reverse order on the sidebar.
Regular blogging to resume as soon as I get through these first few (fantastic but exhausting) 10-hour days.