In Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the nine-year-old (rather annoying) hero encounters a man who has created a biographical index: tens of thousands of cards, each containing the name of a person, and a single pertinent word:
Henry Kissinger: war!and so on. I can’t decide what my one word would be. Possibly “words”. Or “baffled”. What about yours?
Ornette Coleman: music!
Che Guevara: war!
Jeff Bezos: money!
Philip Guston: art!