April is the cruelest month…

April 25, 2007 at 11:11 pm (coincidence, poetry, T. S. Eliot, Umberto Eco, writers)

Today I went to Chapters and picked up Umberto Eco’s latest piece of fiction, The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, and was delighted to discover that the character’s adventures arise on the same day I began to read them.

The Mysterious Flame excites me due to the fact that it’s an Eco book with an amnesiac as a main character, but especially since it’s illustrated with a plethora of European magazine and comic clippings. In full color! And they’re actually foot-noted!

My “plan” is to read this twice in a row, first by my lonesome and then with the aid of this wiki. These annotations will aid me with Eco’s notorious intertextuality and, at a glance, they appear to be more fully illustrated than the book. Plenty of translations, photography, paintings, maps, and stamps to inform me of Man’s barren memory. Eco says this is his last piece of fiction so I’m gonna milk it for all it’s worth.

April, since it is so cruel, is also poetry month and I’ve been trying to work up the nerve to post something of mine, whether it be old or new. Only five days left. We’ll see.



  1. Wes said,

    *rubs his hands together

  2. asfarasthoughtcanreach said,

    That gesture must be for the impending lending of the book. Certainly not in anticipation of my poetry. *shudders at his own rhymes* Three days now…

  3. truth9 said,

    This comment serves three purposes.

    First, this is a test to see if I was being blocked based on my e-mail address, and whether finally getting around to changing over to Gmail like you suggested will solve that problem.

    Second, to tell you to get off your butt and put some of your poetry here, or at least to tell you to get off your butt and update more often. I mean, seriously, I know I’m not a daily poster, but it’s not even April anymore, so you need to at least post about how you don’t post very often.

    Third, you should check your spam filter to see how many of my messages with my old e-mail were filtered. The answer is “at least one.”

    Y’know, most test comments aren’t this long.

  4. asfarasthoughtcanreach said,

    Well, first, the test is a success.

    Secondly, your post is also a success since I’m just about done composing an entry.

    And third, alas, I have checked ye old spam filter and I’m afraid the monster known as akismet must have swallowed any post(s) I hadn’t approved. I’m afraid all I have are the three comments from March. At least your comments are showing up now.

  5. naisioxerloro said,

    Good design, who make it?

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