Sunday, November 25, 2007
The Name of the New Eco Book
Umberto Eco’s new book, "Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism," is a series of essays which first appeared in the Italian press. Eco discusses basically anything and everything of cultural relevance.
Some of the topics he analyzes are the European Union, TV ads, cultural globalization, the hype behind Harry Potter, and of course, "The Da Vinci Code."
What marks Eco, I find, is his ability to deal with popular culture as comfortably as he does with his own research areas in the Middle Ages.
Most importantly, he views popular culture as significant and worthy of a close, academic look.
Definitely, a must-read.
graph per B&N