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1. "The Marvel-Industrial Complex": James Rocchi of Movie Mezzanine pens an essential analysis on the Marvel movie franchise. “Umberto Eco’s 1962 essay ‘The Myth of Superman’ isn’t just illuminating as a demonstration of what one ofShow More Summary

Chris Hedges' "American Fascists"

3 months agoReligion : SoMA Review

"Ur-Fascism (Eternal Fascism) can come back under the most innocent of disguises," writes Umberto Eco in a 1995 New York Review of Books essay. "Our duty is to uncover it and to point our finger at any of its instances--every day, in...Show More Summary

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Up until 1999, Italian college students were required to write longform theses, which explains why Umberto Eco felt the need to write a guide to completing one. Eco being Eco, however, the guide went on to become a classic with many applications. At Page-Turner, Hua Hsu explains why the author’s writing manual is also a […]

A Guide to Thesis Writing That Is a Guide to Life

“How to Write a Thesis,” by Umberto Eco, first appeared on Italian bookshelves in 1977. For Eco, the playful philosopher and novelist best known for his work on semiotics, there was a practical reason for writing it. Up until 1999, a thesis of original research was required of every student pursuing the Italian equivalent of a bachelor’s degree. Show More Summary

Umberto Eco’s Antilibrary: Why Unread Books Are More Valuable to Our Lives than Read Ones

3 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

How to become an "antischolar" in a culture that treats knowledge as "an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order."

"I know Leopold Bloom better than I know my own father."

4 months agoMedia / Publishing : Listen Up

“I know Leopold Bloom better than I know my own father.” - Umberto Eco (via biblioklept)

Umberto Eco’s New Novel Will Be Published in English

4 months agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will publish an English translation of Umberto Eco’s Numero Zero. The publication date has been scheduled for November 3rd. The book was released in Italy earlier this year. It has become a number oneShow More Summary

Umberto Eco's next novel is coming to America

4 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

A new novel from Umberto Eco, "Numero Zero," will be coming to American bookstores this year. Longtime publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will release the novel in the fall.

New Umberto Eco Novel, ‘Numero Zero,’ Coming This Fall

Coming out on Nov. 3, the satirical novel, a best seller in Italy, tells the story of a struggling ghostwriter.

Finally! Umberto Eco’s bestselling writing guide has been translated into English

4 months agoMedia / Publishing : Listen Up

Finally! Umberto Eco’s bestselling writing guide has been translated into English: Although first published in Italian in 1977, before Eco (The Name of the Rose) became an internationally renowned novelist, this guide to writing a thesis brims with practical advice useful for writing research papers.

IN THE MAIL: From Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis. Plus, today only: ProForm Pro 2000 Treadm…

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Best-selling Italian Author Umberto Eco Compares Paris Attack to WWII

"There is a war going on and we are up to our ears, like when I was little and I lived my days under the threat of bombings that could come at any moment," the acclaimed writer said read more

"Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we..."

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“Learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.” - Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose

War Elephants and Pious Cats: Basil Bunting’s Persian Poems

last yearArts : Hyperallergic

The recent death of William Weaver, the acclaimed translator of Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Primo Levi and other modern Italian authors, spurred memories of the translation class he taught at Columbia University back in the late 1970s. Show More Summary

Legendary Lands: Umberto Eco on the Greatest Maps of Imaginary Places and Why They Appeal to Us

"Often the object of a desire, when desire is transformed into hope, becomes more real than reality itself." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. If it brings you any joy and inspiration, please consider a modest donation – it lets me know I'm doing something right.

Umberto Eco

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Big man, big brain, big appetites.

Best of 2013: Foreign Language Works

2013 Foreign Language Works : João Barreiros (ed.), Lisboa no Ano 2000 (Portuguese) Alliah, Metanfetaedro (Portuguese) Ildefonso Falcones, La reina descalza (Spanish) José Ovejero, La invención del Amor (Spanish) Umberto Eco, StoriaShow More Summary

Show Us Your Best To-Do List Of 2013 And Win A Year Of Your Own Virtual Personal Assistant

What did you get done this year? Benjamin Franklin was a meticulous lister. The author Umberto Eco said, "The list is the origin of culture. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists." Even the Man In Black, Johnny Cash, was fond of to-do lists. There's an amazing history to the to-do list, but there's still one question. Read Full Story

The Amazing History Of The To–Do List––And How To Make One That Actually Works

Put down that pen and paper and read this first. Bonus: the real to–do lists of Ben Franklin and Johnny Cash. The list is the origin of culture. Wherever you look in cultural history, you will find lists. ––Umberto Eco Read Full Sto...

Ms. Marvel and the Rise of the Muslim Superhero in America

Umberto Eco argued that Superman, from the character’s inception in the 1940s through about 1970, was a politically conservative figure. The stories were about protecting property and combating petty crime, rather banal stuff given the character’s powers. Show More Summary

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