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posted December 12, 2009



Taxonomy

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.

The Earwig

 

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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