It seems to me that one of the benefits of reading year-end best-of lists is discovery. By finding out what someone else recommends from the year, you can potentially be introduced to a new favorite that you previously overlooked. What I’m finding, though, is that if a list doesn’t have anything I already know that I liked, I’m not likely to give it much credibility. After all, a measure of taste has to be established somehow. If it is not, I can’t necessarily trust the selections.

Let’s face it, poring through someone’s top 50 music tracks of the year, for instance, requires a fair amount of work. Watching several movies is perhaps an even greater investment of time. There has to be some indication that diving into someone else’s favorites is going to be worth the effort.


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