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From Umberto Eco to Patti Smith, 11 Celebrated Contemporary Authors Offer Advice to Aspiring Writers

2 days agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"Build a good name. Keep your name clean. Don’t make compromises, don’t worry about making a bunch of money... If you build a good name, eventually, that name will be its own currency."

The world's greatest literature reveals multifractals and cascades of consciousness

James Joyce, Julio Cortazar, Marcel Proust, Henryk Sienkiewicz and Umberto Eco. Regardless of the language they were working in, some of the world's greatest writers appear to be, in some respects, constructing fractals. StatisticalShow More Summary

The Best Best Poetry of 2015 Lists of the Week

The lists are coming…Manohla Dargis even quoted Umberto Eco, noting that “[w]e like lists because we don’t want to die.” Can’t argue with that! Here are the best Best Poetry 2015 lists of the week: 1. Entropy’s Best of 2015: Best Poetry Books & Collections includes Benediction by Alice Notley, The Collected Poems of Chika […]

Umberto Eco’s ‘Numero Zero’

A novel by Umberto Eco recalls a political scandal in Italy in 1992.

Real Literature Is About Losers, Says Umberto Eco

3 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“Dostoevsky was writing about losers. The main character of The Iliad, Hector, is a loser. … Madame Bovary is a loser. Julien Sorel is a loser. I am doing only the same job. Losers are more fascinating. Winners are stupid … because usually they win by chance.”

Umberto Eco really tries our patience

Colonna, the protagonist of Umberto Eco’s latest novel, is the first to admit he is a loser. A middle-aged literary… The post Umberto Eco really tries our patience appeared first on The Spectator.

Bookshots: 'Numero Zero' by Umberto Eco

3 months agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

A review of the new novel by the famed semiotician. Review by Ed Sikov Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Numero Zero Who wrote it? 'Numero Zero' is, with a few exceptions, neither funny nor entertaining. Umberto...Show More Summary

Tuesday New Release Day: Irving; Hijuelos; Eco; Rothschild; Golden; Alarcón; Gaitskill

Out this week: Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving; Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos; Numero Zero by Umberto Eco; The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild; Wherever There Is Light by Peter Golden; City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcón; and The Mare by Mary Gaitskill (who we interviewed today). Show More Summary

In 'Numero Zero,' Umberto Eco has his mind on conspiracy - again

3 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Umberto Eco's seventh novel, "Numero Zero," represents the continuation of a theme. The story of a newspaper that doesn't publish, it traces a conspiracy, real or imagined, linking a long line of events in Italian history, from the death of Mussolini to the 1978 kidnapping and assassination of...

October Early Reviewers batch is live!

The October 2015 batch of Early Reviewer books is up! We’ve got 82 titles this month, and a grand total of 2,130 copies to give out, including new books from Umberto Eco, Dean Koontz, and David Mitchell. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk! If you haven’t already, […]

Did You Hear That?

Grab your tinfoil caps, everyone. Ben Granger at 3:AM Magazine has published a new piece on Umberto Eco, Dan Brown, and conspiracy literature.

Umberto Eco’s Advice to Writers

7 months agoHumor / odd : Brain Pickings

"If we think that our reader is an idiot, we should not use rhetorical figures, but if we use them and feel the need to explain them, we are essentially calling the reader an idiot. In turn, he will take revenge by calling the author an idiot."

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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"

10 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

10 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."

11 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

11 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

11 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.

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