Umberto Eco is one of my heroes. Susanne Beyer and Lothar Gorris, ‘We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die’ SPIEGEL: Mr. Eco, you are considered one of the world’s great scholars, and now you are opening an exhibition at the Louvre, one of the world’s most important museums. Show More Summary
“The list is the origin of culture.” - Umberto Eco via Speigel
“We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want to Die” — Umberto Eco Ever since PBS MediaShift contacted me about contributing to their Idea Lab site again (past posts here), I’ve been taking the opportunity to ponder a new “beat” of sorts, one...Show More Summary
The FADER : Right now, I’m reading Umberto Eco’s The Prague Cemetery. It’s good, but it’s a lot quicker-going than most of what I read and that’s kind of an adjustment for me. Great structure and storytelling that moves at a clip; more often, I read things that have a degree of resistance, that demand closer reading, that slow you down. Show More Summary
I am slowly making my way through Umberto Eco's Dire Quasi la Stessa Cosa (much of the content can be found in two separate books on translation, Mouse or Rat? Translation as Negotiation and Experiences in Translation), as it takes some...Show More Summary
In the late 1960’s, the great Italian thinker Umberto Eco cast his gaze over the World Cup and the Olympic Games and was troubled by what he saw. Forty years on, his analysis of professional sport remains just as valid, perhaps even more acutely so. Sport is a waste - but what a glorious waste it is. Show More Summary
“It is only petty men who seem normal.” (Umberto Eco, from The Name of the Rose) Avengers Academy #34 (“Final Exam Part 1 of 4?) by Christos Gage (writer), Tom Grummett (penciler), Cory Hamscher (inker), Chris Sotomayor (colorist), and Joe Caramagna (letterer). $2.99, 20 pgs, FC, Marvel. I’m a little disappointed that Chad closed the [...]
Would it, too, go according to plan, or would it go according to The Plan, which now was no longer mine? – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum Filed under: PMO Tagged: Foucault's Pendulum, PM Quote of the Day, quotes, Umberto Eco
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Umberto Eco’s fifth novel, The Prague Cemetery is the headline choice for this year’s Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, the winner of which is due to be announced on May 14.
Mark, I bet I’m not alone among your readers in thinking of the Umberto Eco classic, The Name of the Rose. (Is it too early for that book to be a classic? Maybe a little. But I don’t think so.) As I recall, an old monk offs his fellow inmates by poisoning the pages of a book he disapproves of. Show More Summary
Umberto Eco is best known for his novels, like Foucault's Pendulum and The Name of the Rose, but he also wrote a handful of children's books. In his marvelous book The Three Astronauts, Eco offered children a lesson on tolerance, while also training their brains in basic semiotics. More »
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In short, Roberto privately concluded, if you would avoid wars, never make treaties of peace. (Umberto Eco, from The Island of the Day Before) If you’re wondering if there’s something a little … off about today’s Airwolf panels, blame Mike Sterling. That’s always the best course of action anyway! Green Wake #10 by Kurtis Wiebe [...]
There are two notable diamond jubilees this year: the obvious one and Jewish Book Week (JWB). The festival opened last weekend and will run at Kings Place in London until Sunday evening, when David Aaronovitch and Umberto Eco will end proceedings with a discussion about the latter’s novel, The Prague Cemetery. Show More Summary
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Umberto Eco, who curated the show "The Infinity of Lists," offers an answer: The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants.....
“There is nothing better than imagining other worlds … to forget the painful one we live in. At least so I thought then. I hadn’t yet realized that, imagining other worlds, you end up changing this one.” - Umberto Eco, Baudolino
On reconciling the fussy with the fuzzy, or what Benjamin Franklin has to do with Drew Carey. “The list is the origin of culture,” Umberto Eco famously proclaimed. (Leonardo da Vinci, John Lennon, and Woody Guthrie would have all agreed.) But the list, it turns out, might also be the origin of both our highest [...]Show More Summary
Six European newspapers published special sections on Europe, i.e., the European Union. It's notable that the occasion for this special coordinated event is an interview with Angie on the European crisis.The six are:Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland)The...Show More Summary