are several articles on Eco; some are available as offsite links,
and some have been transcribed to HTML format and placed online
here at Porta Ludovica. Porta Ludovica does not mean to challenge
the copyrights of any magazine or newspaper by uploading the
text of an article. The copyrights are exclusively held by the
publication and/or the writer; they are online here so interested
people may read articles that have long been regulated to the
eldritch world of microfische. The magazine articles are all
at least four months old and the newspaper articles are at least
a month old; the contents of any article which is in a "current"
publication will not be uploaded -- in that case, I believe that
you should purchase a copy of a the magazine and give them your
this in mind, I would appreciate if people visiting this area
of Porta Ludovica agree not to distribute the texts of these
articles. Please read them only for your own personal interest.
Newsweek, September 29, 1986, by Scott Sullivan
article on Eco, focusing on his unusual status as an acadmic
celebrity and on The Name of the Rose. It also contains
some interesting information about the movie.
Return of Ecomania
Time, March 6, 1989, by Otto Friedrich
article on the success of Foucault's Pendulum in Italy,
written before it was translated into English. It summarizes
the plot, contains excerpts from a few Italian reviews, and contains
a few of Eco's comments.
/ A Talk with Eco
Newsweek, November 13, 1989, by Peter S. Prescott
of Foucault's Pendulum coupled with a small excerpt from
a conversation with Eco. The review is generally favorable, although
a bit shallow, and the conversation excerpts are far too brief.
The Master of Semiotic
U.S. News and World
Report, November 20,
1989, by Erica Goode
but good, article on Foucault's Pendulum. The article
summarizes the results of a conversation between Eco and the
writer, and so has several informative comments on the work by
The New Republic, November 27, 1989, by Leon Wieseltier
overly sensitive column about the superficiality of Tom Wolfe,
Umberto Eco, and Woody Allen. The comments on the offensiveness
of Foucault's Pendulum ("poorly written and swiftly
read") are not half as funny as the author's remarks about
Crimes and Misdemeanors.
The New Yorker, August 21, 1995, by Andrea Lee
preview of The Island of the Day Before, including some
commentary on Eco's research and excerpts of a review with the
New York Times Book Review,
October 22, 1995,
by Robert Kelly
extremely favorable and literate review of The Island of the
Day Before, with some excellent commentary.
Vogue, November 1995, by Fernanda Eberstadt
nice interview with Eco, he discusses The Island of the Day
Before and his attitudes about reading. A much better article
than many of those above in "more serious" magazines.
A Remarkable "Island"
in a Vast Sea of Imagination
USA Today, January 9, 1996
and favorable review of The Island of the Day Before.
Man Spans Batman, Monks
Philadelphia Daily News, January 3, 1997, by Ed Voves
interview with Eco.
The World According
Wired, March 1997, by Lee Marshall
excellent interview with Eco about the Internet and its possibilities.
Review of Foucault's Pendulum
Humantitas, Februray 12, 1990, By Geoffrey Sauer
by Martin Messer at Quiddity, this review is by Geoffrey Sauer.
A Conversation on Information
February 1995, by Patrick Caddock
interview that focuses on Eco's ideas about information and communication.
Hosted at Martin Ryder's Semiotics page.
Scholar-Novelist Umberto Eco Takes Readers to Another
Seattle Times, December 1995, by John Sutherland
article, based on an interview with Eco, discusses his three
The New Republic, 7 February 2000, by Simon Blackburn
of Kant and the Platypus.