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Again, from Umbie, regarding his review of a book on modern art which he seems to think may have been a bit narrow-minded and reactionary:

"If you are clever enough at this point to skip several chapters of the book, many traumata of reading will be eliminated..."
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I'm currently scanning/rereading Eco collection of writings titled "Travels in Hyperreality," which includes many of his best nonfiction writings, including my favorite on semiotic guerilla warfare, but this examination of what makes "Casablanca" a cult movie is still kickass. There are a few variations of this essay on the Net which you can find by googling
Umberto Eco Casablanca text
but you want the one which includes the phrases "intertextuality" in the title, such as this page which asked for a password but seemed to load anyway
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is that, while other authors would fall back upon the paltry phrase "Words fail me," Eco takes up the challenge to create truly fantastic images. This is Eco describing a tacky tourist trap in California after he has been on a pilgrimage of tacky tourist traps.

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The poor words with which natural human speech is provided cannot suffice to describe the Madonna Inn. To convey its external appearance, divided into a series of constructions, which you reach by way of a filling station carved from Dolomitic rock, or through the restaurant, the bar, and the cafeteria, we can only venture some analogies. Let's say that Albert Speer, while leafing through a book on Gaudi, swallowed an overgenerous dose of LSD and began to build a nuptial catacomb for Liza Minnelli. But that doesn't give you an idea.... No, that still isn't right. Let's try telling about the rest rooms. They are an immense underground cavern, something like Altamira and Luray, with Byzantine columns supporting plaster baroque cherubs. The basins are big imitation-mother-of-pearl shells, the urinal is a fireplace carved from the rock, but when the jet of urine (sorry, but I have to explain) touches the bottom, water comes down from the wall of the hood, in a flushing cascade something like the Caves of the Planet Mongo.
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...especially when it's about Borges and Eco: you dream you found the Library of Imaginary Books and, naturally, LJ user nineweaving is already there.

Love is

Jul. 20th, 2012 02:08 pm
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having a sweetie who enables your book habit, especially when it is an incredibly geeky book about one of your favorite books:
_Naming the Rose: Eco, Medieval Signs, and Modern Theory by Theresa Coletti (1989)


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