(Thanks for the tip, Van).
And Norm's favourite writers poll result is up.
You can do these kinds of polls - if you have Norm's traffic. But I wonder if he's choosing the right subjects for them.
His method is:
"You are allowed ten choices..... I ask you to submit a top three amongst them, with another seven for good measure. If you rank your top three, as you may but do not have to, they will be awarded 4, 3 and 2 points; and if you don't rank them, they will be awarded 3 points each. Your other seven choices will get 1 point each."You need to know that my hasty entry (note: English language novellists only) was as follows:
1 - Brian Moore
2 - Graham Greene
3 - John McGahern
... and then, Evelyn Waugh, Flann O'Brien, Alan Silitoe, James Ellroy, Elmore Leonard, Brendan Behan and Douglas Coupland.
A non-English language list would look a bit different though. A few of my real top-ten are novellists published in translation.
This method doesn't allow most contributors to show off about how marvelous their tastes are. And this element of it would surely make it better for running a 'guilty secrets' poll?
Morrissey once said that he could despise someone for something that he found in their record collection, and I can go along with that. But there are one or two discs that only get played behind closed doors in our house. On headphones.
If I had Norm's traffic, I'd do a poll like this, asking:
List the top five bands that no-one admits to liking, but that you secretly have a bit of a passion for.And you'd all be able to e-mail me - in confidence (!) - about how you actually don't mind David Gray, Crowded House and ELO.... erm .... or other dreadful acts that I can't stand....