“The list is an absolute good. The list…is life.”

That quote from Schindler’s List is just one example of how pervasive and powerful list making has become in popular culture. Following the release of the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! this month, the Internet went overboard in making listicles galore. In this radio monologue, Brian Welk examines why we make lists and what they tell us about ourselves, from a quote from the recently deceased author Umberto Eco to High Fidelity’s Rob Gordon.