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Walk through Umberto Eco’s private library

Be warned. Umberto had a mighty big library. Let him lead the way.

Son of Joseph

The story of theater and film artist Eugène Green sounds like that of a character made up by Umberto Eco or Gilbert Adair. Born in New York in the late 1940s, he decamped to Paris while still a young man. Once settled in Europe, he made...Show More Summary

Trump is an eerily perfect match with this famous 14-point guide to fascism

7 months agoNews : The Raw Story

In 1995, Umberto Eco, the late Italian intellectual giant and novelist most famous for The Name of the Rose, wrote a guide describing the primary features of fascism. As a child, Eco was a loyalist of Mussolini, an experience that made him quick to detect the markers of fascism later in life, when...

Trump Is an Eerily Perfect Match with a Famous 14-Point Guide to Identify Fascist Leaders

Click here for reuse options! Celebrated novelist Umberto Eco’s guide has breathtaking parallels to Donald Trump. In 1995, Umberto Eco, the late Italian intellectual giant and novelist most famous for The Name of the Rose, wrote a guide describing the primary features of fascism. Show More Summary

The 14 Features of Eternal Fascism

8 months agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

In 1995, Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco wrote a piece for The New York Review of Books on fascism. 1 As part of the article, Eco listed 14 features of what he called Ur-Fascism or Eternal Fascism. He began the list with...Show More Summary

Stop everything and play PinOut

Umberto Eco had some pretty interesting insights into pinball. Tips, even. Spoiler alert: "You don't play pinball with just your hands." With you so far, Professor. "You play it with the groin too." Um...? "The pinball problem is not...Show More Summary

What I've Been Reading Recently

The quarterly round-up of books I've piled through since, well, the last quarter. The Quantified Self by Deborah Lupton Life of Pi by Yann Martel Particularly Cats by Doris Lessing The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco Our Biometric Future by Kelly A. Show More Summary

"You can not make a spoon that's better than a spoon"

Umberto Eco said that when he was talking about the form of paper books. But I think it raises a challenge for just about anyone who seeks to do something truly great in the world of design (in any of...        

February’s bestselling signed books

1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout 2. Morning Star: Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown 3. The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana by Umberto Eco 4. The Drowned Detective by Neil Jordan 5. M Train by Patti Smith 6. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri 7. All the […]

Required Reading

last yearArts : Hyperallergic

This week, Eli Broad and LA charter schools, Calatrava's new Manhattan boondoggle, selfie politics, Umberto Eco and Donald Trump, and more.

Inquiring Minds

In 2011, my husband and I went to hear Umberto Eco speak at the Chicago Humanities Festival. When they opened up the talk to audience… Continue reading on Medium »

Last Orders

For better or worse, the publication date of Umberto Eco’s final book has been bumped up — originally set for a summertime release, Pepe Satàn Aleppe: Chronicles of a Liquid Society is now due out in Italian this weekend. Check out this Eco essay on how to travel with a salmon.

Signs of Umberto Eco

A tumble of memories. The meeting thirty years ago with our publisher, Jean-Claude Fasquelle: I find Eco zany, brilliant, mischievous, and independent-minded, a Zelig of absolute knowledge, always ready with a witty remark, irrepressible. Another...Show More Summary

The Salmon Is Inedible

Recommended Reading: The inimitable Umberto Eco on how to travel with a salmon.

Umberto Eco’s Latest Book Is Coming Out Early

The publication of Umberto Eco's final book has been moved up.

5 Remembrances of Umberto Eco

last yearArts / Writing : LitReactor

Literary great Umberto Eco has passed away. Here are 5 remembrances of the man and his work. News by Peter Derk With the passing of Umberto Eco, here are 5 remembrances of the man and his work. 1. Eco's Reason For Writing The Name Of The Rose? The book was requested by an Italian publisher who was looking for short thrillers. Show More Summary

Umberto Eco’s true achievements were era-defining — but no one seems to understand them

last yearNews : The Raw Story

Amid the sadness following the death of Umberto Eco, it is dispiriting to find that so many obituary writers are not clear on what he actually did. Certainly Eco is recognised as a major novelist, despite his subsequent novels never matching the success of his first, The Name of the Rose. He has...

For the record

Dave Navarro: In the Feb. 20 Saturday section, an article about rock musician Dave Navarro's home misspelled Realtor Skyler Hynes' first name as Skylar and his last name as Haynes. Umberto Eco: In the Feb. 20 California section, the obituary of author Umberto Eco gave the Italian title of "The Name...

On interviewing Umberto Eco, 'the most erudite person on earth,' by Glen David Gold

When Umberto Eco was touring for the English edition of "The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana" the Los Angeles Public Library asked me to interview him on stage for its ALOUD reading series in 2005. I was maybe the 47th person they asked. The first 46 rightly thought it would be overwhelming to...

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