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Umberto Eco

11 Big Fat Debut Novels to Keep You Reading All Summer

Off The Shelf | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

While the classics have always had a reputation for intimidating length (Tolstoy, Dickens, I'm looking at you), we are now living in the era of an entirely new trend: the big, fat, juicy debut novel.

Pushing Photorealism to New Levels of Beauty: Yigal Ozeri's "Revolution at Giverny, a Return to Women in Nature" and "Yigal Ozeri: Recent Work"

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.15.2015 | Arts
Shai Baitel

With the recent opening of his exhibition Revolution at Giverny: A Return to Women in Nature it is difficult to disagree that in this series Ozeri has reached a new apex of depicting beauty.

Yigal Ozeri: 'A Creator of New Things and an Imitator of Nature' Revisiting Photo Realism in Contemporary Art (Part 1 of 2)

Shai Baitel | Posted 05.01.2015 | Arts
Shai Baitel

When you meet Yigal Ozeri, you feel you have stumbled into the presence of someone different. Like an eternal '70s rockstar, his personality exudes from the top of his unruly hair to his often outlandish shoes.

What Is Love?

Maria Grazia Pozzi | Posted 04.28.2014 | Good News
Maria Grazia Pozzi

The ability to love is an important achievement for our emotional wellbeing and has to be taught and learned. At times, you wish you had a manual but, alas, it would take away its naturalness and would deprive you of the freedom to make mistakes, learn from them and go forward.

The Year of the List

Jordan Roth | Posted 02.22.2014 | Arts
Jordan Roth

Just like blogging democratized op-eds, and Instagram democratized photography, list-making will expand beyond the hands of editors and reporters, and become a power of the people.

The Song of Songs and a Sexual Mystery in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose

Michael Gilmour | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

The English translation of Umberto Eco's debut novel The Name of the Rose (Italian 1980) first appeared thirty years ago, and it continues to delight and surprise, even after multiple readings.

La Maison de la radio

Francis Levy | Posted 11.10.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

Everyone knows that radio is transcendent and that of the other electronic media television and movies aren't even a close second. And one of the grea...

Magical Thinking

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.04.2013 | Technology
Robert Koehler

Oh laptop, a mere four and a half years in my possession! Uh, it's kind of obsolete, they said. The money you invest in repair could go toward a new machine, one that's much faster. "More magical." They didn't say that but they meant it. And: "The prices start pretty low."

Italian Moms Think Preschool Babe Too Hot for Bambinos

Tony Phillips | Posted 05.21.2012 | Weird News
Tony Phillips

And so what, then, if a preschool teacher makes a Lira or two on the side posing for calendars your kids shouldn't be looking at anyway? If it advances the cause of women's empowerment in a still very gender-divided society, I'm all for it.

Palaces, Camels, Salman, and Oprah: If It's January, It Must be the Jaipur Literature Festival

Victoria Lautman | Posted 03.13.2012 | Chicago
Victoria Lautman

To describe the Jaipur Literature Festival as the rambunctious love-spawn of the mercantile-minded Frankfurt Book Fair and free-spirited Woodstock barely scratches the surface of this spectacle.

The Far Side Of Religion: Notes On The Prophet Gary Larson

Michael Gilmour | Posted 09.06.2011 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Ask anyone who read newspapers during the 1980s and '90s and they can recall at least one Far Side cartoon. What is surprising is the extent of the religious material found in these pages.

Bad Trips: Wonderful Essays About Awful Travel Experiences | Posted 08.14.2011 | Books

Vacations are sacred, especially in America, where we work longer hours than our counterparts in Europe and still aren’t legally entitled to a singl...

Unfilmable Books

The Huffington Post | Gabe Habash | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Books and movies have gone hand-in-hand since Hollywood's very beginnings. Some of its greatest triumphs--"The Godfather," "Gone With The Wind," "The ...

The 'Fascinating Fascism' of Sarah Palin

Ariel Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ariel Gonzalez

Sarah Palin lacks optimism and humor, two of Reagan's strongest traits. If she runs, it'll be on a platform of grievance. And her speeches will drip with bilious sarcasm.

Milorad Pavic Dead: Serbian Author Wrote Non-Traditional, Inventive Novels

The New York Times | MARGALIT FOX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Milorad Pavic, an internationally prominent Serbian writer whose novels upended the traditional relationship between reader and text, taking the form ...

The Big Lebowski Spawns Literary Works

The New York Times | Dwight Garner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Joel and Ethan Coen's 1998 movie, "The Big Lebowski," which stars Jeff Bridges as a beatific, pot-smoking, bowling-obsessed slacker known as the Dude,...