It’s that tragic time of the year when various and sundry persons and groups list their ‘best of’ picks. All such lists are, frankly, utter and absolute rubbish. So i’d like to do a bit of public service and offer a users guide to them:
1- Whenever you see ‘best of..’ whatever, insert in the place of ‘best of’ the words ‘In my narrow opinion’. Truth is, no one has read EVERY book or seen EVERY movie or watched EVERY tv show or listened to EVERY CD so that they can honestly say that what they are promoting is the BEST of any of them. Instead, folk (and organizations) have merely sampled books, etc., and come up with a list of the ones they like the best. Nothing more.
2- Every such list is thoroughly subjective. Hence, every such list is biased, propagandistic, and ultimately meaningless. Readers of such lists would better spend their time reading a book they actually, personally, find useful or intriguing or interesting or provocative.
3- When it’s all said and done, don’t buy into the hype of the ‘best of ‘ lists. They’re compiled by people who either have a financial stake in the outcome or who simply have fallen victim to the listing craze. Either way, pointlessness abounds where lists of the best are made.