Tuesday, April 3, 2007

On the Act of Reading

You may have noticed that I've been posting a lot of book reviews
lately.  I got a bit bored of the old-style "themed" B-List posts,
and I have been reading a bit more than usual recently.  Here are
some book- and reading-related items ...

1. "Six Walks in the Fictional Woods" by Umberto Eco
I'm currently reading a book about the process of reading itself:

This is not really a review, since I'm only halfway through it.  While
only 160 pages some bits are quite theoretical - e.g. it starts off
examining the distinction between model author and empirical author.
But it is interesting nonetheless.

2. "The great unread: DBC Pierre, Harry Potter ... oh yes, and David
"Fifty-five per cent of those polled for the survey, commissioned by
 Teletext, said they buy books for decoration, and have no intention
 of actually reading them"

"What happened next?"
"John Crace's digested endings of Britain's 10 least-finished books"

"The Digested Read"
More summaries for those who don't have the time to read the whole

3. Tressants - Invisible Cities
"The interior design of the entire hotel is based on the book,
 'Invisible Cities', by Italo Calvino. Each bedroom is representative
 of a different city".

Hotel Tressants in Menorca
An article about the hotel's unique architecture.

4. Harrius Potter??

I was in Dymocks recently and noticed that they had a section on Latin
books (surprise #1).  And among the handful of Latin books was a
translation of one of the Harry Potter books (surprise #2).  Not having
read any of the books in the series, and not being able to read Latin
anyway, I didn't think much more of it.  Later I did some googling and
found that Wikipedia is also available in Latin (surprise #3).  Here's
the article on "Harrius Potter":

5. "Hello, tech support? My book isn't working"
A humorous spoof of modern tech support set in the middle ages.  A monk
is having problems reading his new-fangled "book" thingy.
[Norwegian with English subtitles]

If YouTube is blocked, you might be able to at least read about it at: