Umberto Eco: Der Enzyklopädist

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R. Singh quotes from Rabindranath Tagore’s essay The Meaning of Art | ‘ ‘‘The sign of greatness in great geniuses is their enormous capacity for borrowing . . . only mediocrities are ashamed and afraid of borrowing for they do not know how to pay back the debt in their owncoin . . . our artists were never tiresomely reminded of the obvious fact that they were Indians . . . they had the freedom to be naturally Indian in spite of all the borrowings that they indulged in’’ ’

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Italian writer Umberto Eco dies at 84

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Unprotected - The New Yorker

french writer Jean Genet; photo: Roger Parry

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Salvador Dali. The Paintings

Das erste Dr. Oetker-Logo, 1891, Historische Sammlung Dr. Oetker

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SIGRID UNDSET. “All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path.”

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Picture from when Truman Capote & Harper Lee were researching Capote's novel In Cold Blood

This piece, which came out in February, is by far the clearest primer I have encountered about the Islamic State. It lays out in succinct, simple detail how the group’s actions, gory and otherwise, are drawn directly from the Quran, from seventh-century practices, and how they might be countered. — Neil MacFarquhar, Moscow Bureau Chief

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