Friday, April 29, 2011

Flashback Friday: The List

I've been thinking a little bit about my blog lately. Somehow, it's not nearly as robust as I had envisioned. When I was journaling my reading and listening, I was a lot more creative and consistent about writing posts. Somehow, I've managed to strait-jacket my right-brain attributes and my blog has been absent a personable voice.

While it is true that I launched this blog with the sole intention of posting audiobook reviews and, that while it is unreasonable to expect an audiobook review every day; there's nothing to say that I can't write about some of the other cultural influences that have informed me or, about other audiobook topics.

So, I've decided to introduce a new feature that will appear every Friday. Flashback Friday will feature some of the items from my pre-blogging days. It might be an entry from my journal, or a relevant artifact, or even a revisitation of something I've already blogged about. The tenor of Flashback Friday will be less formal, more "journally" and, hopefully a little more fun ;-)

So without further ado, I present the first Friday Flashback post, featuring "The List!"

Before iPhones with their "Notes" app, before and other social book groups that feature ways to catalogue your titles, before even my Word .doc scrapbook/journal of entries, there was The List. It was a slip of paper torn from an AudioFile Magazine notepad. It featured the titles of books I wanted to read, hastily scrawled and, folded into the coin section of my wallet. I created the list so that when I walked into a bookstore, I would not be overcome by plentitude - like a Soviet Russian in an American grocery store - and forget what I came in for. I would have direction, a purpose that would guide me through my exploration of the retail and library stacks. It served as a compass, allowing me to browse; but not quite so aimlessly!
I recently unearthed The List, in all its tattered glory during a home office excavation. I couldn't believe it was still around!

And you, how did you track your reading in the 20th century?


  1. You and my wife are so damn organized! You two and your lists ;-). Me? I have no plan. My mother was right when she called me a social butterfly. I flit wherever the winds push. Thanks for the preview of this series, DEC.

  2. I used to do the same thing in my comic book collecting days. I kept a list of the back issues I was looking for on a piece of Dusty's Records note paper in my wallet. Anytime I found myself in a comic shop I could pull out my list and take a look.