Friday, 16 December 2011

Umberto Eco? Obviously! I've read it!

She was very excited to see me. She said - “of course you have read  This is not the End of the Book by Umberto Eco and Carriere. Obviously I said “Of course!”.
That very same evening I ordered it. Next day delivery.

Another one of those “of course” moments came at Manchester Book Fair in autumn.
We spoke about formal photography, memory, the loss of it, destroyed photos and destroyed books. Eventually she said “of course you have read Barthes and Baez”. Obviously I said “of course!”. While I have read Barthes long time ago and again recently, I have never heard of Baez. A little research  has pointed me to  A Universal History of the Destruction of Books.
Next day delivery, please.

Since then, I have read the first one, but not the second one. I will read Baez at some point too. Should I cringe at not having read something so obvious?  Yes? No?

There are more books in the world than hours in which to read them. (Umberto Eco, p. 269)

Frustrating. I did not know about the existence of those two books two years ago. They would have been extremely useful.

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