Simon Spode, public intellectual and partial graduate of the University of Warwick, has caused a storm in the media world with the publication of his Top 100 Top 100 list.
The definitive Top 100 list of Top 100 lists, the fruit of nearly three days of exhaustive online research, threatens to represent the last word in the perennial debate 'what are the Top 100 things', and, as such, has spread dismay among journalists and publishers alike.
A source at the Guardian has said, 'I don't think this guy understands how much effort it takes to fill a newspaper. Then we've got the website to do as well. This list could cause us a lot of unnecessary journalism.'
Publishers are also expressing concern at the potential consequences of the 'list to end all lists'. Quentin Soft, an independent publisher of post-colonial verse dramas, reacted angrily, 'In an economic climate like this, this list is irresponsible. If people aren't regularly given the sense that they should read a post-colonial verse drama, then they probably won't. And my granola doesn't buy itself.'
Members of the public, however, were more supportive: 'I'm glad that's settled,' said Stacey Dawn when questioned in a Waterstones' Bookshop, 'I lead a busy life and often don't have the time to think for myself. Now, if I want to know if UN Resolutions are better than Gothic Novels, I can just look at the list.'
As with all such lists, the real anger seems to be reserved for the ranking of the entries rather than the existence of the list itself. Spode's former employer reflected on the placing of the Top 100 Symbolist Poets so far behind the Top 100 Voting Systems as, 'a moronic waste of everyone's time.'
When asked for comment, Spode himself remarked, in a blatant act of self-publicizing, 'The full list is available on The Edwin Court Writers' Collective blog, I hope people will visit and decide for themselves.'