Murray offered his challenge in an interview with me in 2003 about his book "Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950:"
"I think that the number of novels, songs, and paintings done since 1950 that anyone will still care about 200 years from now is somewhere in the vicinity of zero. Not exactly zero, but close. I find a good way to make this point is to ask anyone who disagrees with me to name a work that will survive — and then ask, "Seriously?" Very few works indeed can defend themselves against the "Seriously?" question."
I collected readers' suggestions for potential survivors here.
Now, Thursday, who has much better taste than me, offers his list here.
Just remember, after each one, you have to wrinkle up your brow and raise your eyelids and say, "Seriously?"