A collection of have-done lists
I’m very fond of lists. There is a basic honesty in lists. Narratives are rhetorical devices to gently coax readers into the writer’s interpretation of events, whereas lists present the bare facts for readers to construct their own narratives.
I’ve therefore given some thought to the possibility of writing my memoir in the form of lists. Think of a to-do list, but instead of being a list of future actions, a memoir in lists is about what I did and thought in the past. A collection of have-done lists.
Writing a life in list form is not as peculiar as it may sound. When we write resumés, curriculum vitae or publication lists, we are engaged in a rudimentary kind of autobiographical writing in list format.
The term ‘listography‘ has been coined (and trademarked) for an autobiography that is made up entirely of lists of factual events from one’s life. The Listography book series currently contains 12 volumes (2007–).
On this page I will gather some examples of lists of different aspects of my life.