I love the urgency index idea. Here are some quick notes/comments/questions off the top of my head:
On an unrelated note, the last point makes me think of the way top 10 lists of a given year or decade are also obsolete–or so it feels to me. Like Rosen’s urgency list, I would prefer to some prioritization. For example, the first priority should go to things are equivalent to all-time great works. The next priority might be very good works that lie outside the all-time great category. Perhaps, the top priority might go to works that deal with something important in our time, but may not necessarily be an all-time great work….I suspect not many would agree with this approach, though.
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