I’m re-arranging my CDs, and trying to think of a non-alphabetical system.
Borges wrote of a (fictional) Chinese encyclopedia called the Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, in which all animals are divided into the following categories: (a) those that belong to the emperor; (b) embalmed ones; (c) those that are trained; (d) suckling pigs; (e) mermaids; (f) fabulous ones; (g) stray dogs; (h) those that are included in this classification; (i) those that tremble as if they were mad; (j) innumerable ones; (k) those drawn with a very fine camel’s-hair brush; (l) etcetera; (m) those that have just broken the flower vase; (n) those that at a distance resemble flies.
|Following this example, my CDs all seem to be accommodated under the following headings:a) Those I like listening to;
b) Those I should like listening to, but don’t;
c) Those I never listen to, but like to know are there;
d) The first CD I ever bought;
e) The last CD I have bought;
f) Those I have been given;
g) Those I have taken;
h) Those with nostalgic associations;
i) Morning music;
j) Evening music;
k) Those featuring friends, which I have had to be nice about;
l) Those featuring me, which friends have had to be nice about;
m) Ones with a funny picture on the front;
n) Discs is the wrong cases;
o) Those which might scare my children;
p) Those which scare me;
q) Those which make me better, happier, wiser.
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