There’s a website called Brain Pickings, a kind of repository for quirky bits of information about… well…I’ll have to let Maria Popova, whose brain child it is, describe it: culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.
It was brought to my attention by Emily Temple, the excellent Literary Editor at Flavorwire, who mentioned one of Brain Picking’s articles : the Greatest Books of All Time as Voted by 125 Famous Authors. The titles are sorted into 19th and 20th century – and topping both lists are…Russians. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy, and Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov. There are American and British writers on the list, too, thank goodness.
Check out the article here and see if you agree with the voters.