“Words are Stones” by Umberto Eco

Interesting as literal translation might connect with certain psychological characteristics too.

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Umberto Eco

What I love about Umberto Eco is that he was able to look at social and political trends and identify the root causes of the trends. In this essay, he shows how fundamentalism stems from literal interpretations of symbols, specifically words.

He begins by pointing out that words are powerful symbols, but that in our current world culture, many people have lost the ability to recognize the subtlety and distinction when interpreting words. We want everything to be black and white, while words exist in the realm of grey, open for interpretation. (Turning Back the Clock: pp 214 – 216)

He then observes that religious fundamentalist movements are based upon strict literal interpretations of text, which by their nature, are highly symbolic.

In historical terms, fundamentalism is bound up with the interpretation of a holy book. Protestant fundamentalism in the United States of the nineteenth century…

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Remo Giatti’s prints in the Cambridge Diane française, “Musée de Poche” collection

Giatti’s original print for Le livre et sa matière (2018)

In an earlier blog post, I talked about the artist books donation of the Diane française publisher “Musée de Poche” collection to Cambridge University Library. One of the works I discovered in this series is that of Remo Giatti, an artist form Northern Italy who uses a variety of techniques (engraving, lithography, drawing and collage…), and whose prints often include elements in “relief”. His work featured on the cover of the catalogue (F201.a.4.1), accompanied in the numbered Cambridge copy by an original print. Giatti also contributed to four “Musée de Poche” books (three of them are double volumes containing up to eight prints).

Le plus beau poème du monde est un poème d’amour (2014) by the Italian poet Arturo Schwarz, translated into French by Raphael Monticelli and inspired by Lucretius is a tribute to the…

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Toskana 2019 – SantʼAndrea di Compito – Susanne Haun

Lovely, lovely- many thanks.

Susanne Haun

Im letzten Monat waren wir für knapp drei Wochen in der Toskana in St. Andrea die Compito, das kleine Dorf in den Pisaner Bergen liegt nahe Lucca. Ich führte Tagebuch und stelle in der nächsten Zeit in meinem Blog Text, Zeichnungen und Fotos zusammen.

Ich nahm dabei drei meiner “Rest-Skizzenbücher” mit: ein halbes Latium, ein halbes Neapel und ein halbes Berlin. Nun muss ich die Zeichnungen sortieren. Gut, dass ich wenigstens einige mit einem Datum versehen habe.

Die Zeichnungen, die auf der langen Fahrt nach Italien entstanden, habe ich den heutigen Zeichnungen zugefügt.


Heute ist unser erster Morgen in St. Andrea di Compito, ein niedliches kleines Dorf in der Toskana.

Wir werden die nächsten zwei Wochen hier verbringen und es gibt wirklich überhaupt gar kein bißchen Empfang am Handy, weder Telefon noch Internet, nicht einmal der Router des Ferienhauses, der WLAN verspricht, sendet ein Signal. Alle Geräte zeigen: „Kein…

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