Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Have You "To Do'd?"



New Year's Resolutions I will Probably Never Keep.
10 Things to do Before I Die.
Pick Up Milk. Pay Bills. Meet Soulmate...

Writer Sasha Cagen recently turned her todolist blog into a book, entitled, "To Do Lists, From Buying Milk to Finding a Soul Mate - What Our Lists Reveal About Us," published by Simon & Schuster and launching this Friday. The book is based on the blog, which, according to Cagen, "celebrates lists in all their functional--and dysfunctional--glory. It's about the lists. . . and the stories behind them."

The lists come from well-known people (novelist Nick Hornby, chef Alice Waters, Village Voice columnist Michael Musto, Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakanomics) and everyday people alike. They're from everyone from a Florida schoolteacher who wants to lose 92 pounds to a young Mormon looking for his ideal mate. As a longtime writer of lists, I am a firm believer that they provide unique insights into our personalities. After all, are we not defined by our dreams and goals, whether in the end we check each one of the list or not? So congrats to Ms.Cagen for recognizing the universality of "the list," and also the notion that they are the great equalizer in many ways. Famous or not, we all have stuff we need to do, whether it's today, this month, or this year - even if we're not full fledged "todolistologists."

Have to sign off now - I just checked my to do list and forgot to...yes...pick up milk!

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