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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bucket Lists

Putting together a "bucket list," that is, a list of things one wishes to do before "kicking the bucket," is quite a popular past-time. Books of bucket lists line our shelves, books that have "before You Die," in their titles such as 1,000 Places to See before You Die by Patricia Schultz [910.202 SCH] or 1001 Books You Must Read before You Die [011.73 ONE] or 101 Action Movies You Must See before You Die [791.4365 ONE].

There's also the Hollywood film, The Bucket List [DVD BUC]. If you're not familiar with it, here's a brief description:
Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common, except they both have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to make a Bucket List of all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die. In the process of completing the list, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find the joy in life.

Novelist, Dominic Smith, would have us believe that bucket lists are not just creations of 21st century people, but that others created lists in the past. Smith wrote The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre [F SMI], in which Louis Daguerre, a pioneer of photography, becomes poisoned by the chemicals he uses to make his daguerreotypes. He creates a "doomsday list" of ten pictures he wants to take before he dies.

To see a collection of daguerreotypes, visit the Daguerreian Society's Pinterest page.

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