Friday, November 20, 2009


From an interview with Umberto Eco on why he likes lists. (Spiegel International Online)

Umberto Eco is curator of an exhibition at the Louvre on the essential nature of lists, poets who list things in their works and painters who accumulate things in their paintings.

Eco says:

"We have always been fascinated by infinite space, by the endless stars and by galaxies upon galaxies. How does a person feel when looking at the sky? He thinks that he doesn't have enough tongues to describe what he sees. Nevertheless, people have never stopped describing the sky, simply listing what they see.

Lovers are in the same position. They experience a deficiency of language, a lack of words to express their feelings. But do lovers ever stop trying to do so? They create lists: Your eyes are so beautiful, and so is your mouth, and your collarbone … One could go into great detail."

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