A collection of have-done lists
I’m very fond of lists. There is a basic honesty in lists. Whereas narratives are rhetorical devices to (gently) coax readers into the memoirist’s interpretation of events, lists present the bare facts for readers to construct their own narrative interpretations.
I’ve therefore given some thought to the possibility of include lists in my full memoir. Think of a to-do list, but instead of being a list of intended actions, a memoir in lists is about what I did and thought in the past. A collection of have-done lists.
Writing lives in list form is not as peculiar as it may sound. After all, when we write resumés, curriculum vitae or publication lists, we are engaged in a rudimentary kind of autobiographical writing in list format.
Actually, 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 publisher of the Listography book series currently lists 12 volumes (2007 –).
On this page I will gather examples of lists of different aspects of my life.