"The first and most noticeable thing about Young’s erudite study of list cultures is just how comprehensive and far-reaching his object of study truly is (...) Young's approach to lists and list cultures is highly original and the text is lucidly written."
- Ian Reilly, Canadian Journal of Communication
45 (3), 2020
"The book makes a valuable contribution to an emergent logistical or infrastructural media studies, where scholars of quite different methodological investments agree on the urgent need to interrogate the procedural form of media."
- Rob Coley, "Cultural Infrastructure", Cultural Politics
is an important book, both form a scientific and a societal point of view, which brilliantly illustrates the role humanities can and must play in debates that may seem unhospitable to them, but that are are cruelly in need of the broader civilizational approach updated by Young. His book is the perfect example of how to continue, instead of debunking or deconstructing, the quasi-mythical study of lists by Jack Goody (The Domestication of the Savage Mind), which it is now possible to reread afresh."
- Jan Baetens, Leonardo Reviews
, May 2018.
"Young places our current obsession with the list in historical context, tracing their emergence, myriad uses and changing significance.... List Cultures
is a fascinating overview. Young deftly links different theoretical approaches and leans on various disciplines to support his reasoning."
- Marion Koob, LSE Review of Books
, December 2017.
Listen to Liam Cole Young on:
RTE lyric fm's two-part Soundsdoable / Culture File with Luke Clancy: Liam Cole Young's List Cultures and A List of Good and Bad Lists
BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking Free Thinking: Lists
NPR Connecticut's Colin McEnroe Show List making, listicles, lists of lists: An hour devoted to list culture
"Lists stretch across cultures and epochs, doing work both administrative and poetic, absorbing every conceivable thing - from virtues to vegetables, ingredients to illnesses - into their capacious form. In richly indexing the list's operation across time and space and media, Young demonstrates how this humble discursive structure has profoundly shaped our sense of what composes and orders our world, of what matters."
- Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor of Media Studies, The New School, New York
"Young argues eloquently for the need to pay close attention to the role that cultural techniques like list-making play in making sense of the material circumstances of everyday life. List Cultures
is a significant contribution to the growing body of research on the structure and function of information genres, and will find eager readers in too many fields to enumerate."
- Darren Wershler, Concordia University Research Chair in Media and Contemporary Literature
"Like the list itself, List Cultures
travels around the world and across history, bringing together techniques from ancient writing to algorithmic operations. It bridges disciplines and infiltrates the world of art, literature, and administration. By following the humble list form, Liam Cole Young exposes the massive logistical underpinnings of culture, and in doing so, transforms our understanding of classification, data, and knowledge. List Cultures
is an expansive, imaginative book that rethinks the organization of both media and media studies."
- Nicole Starosielski, Assistant Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University Steinhardt