- The first paragraph holds Eco's second mention of tapeworms (proglottid), and this time regarding their divisive mode of reproduction. Is this (I'm being a little sarcastic here) Freudian?
- I love the indirect comparison between the Seven Dwarfs and the kings of Rome.
- Le corna, or "the horns," is the inadvertent obscene gesture in the aspirin ad. The version shown is the augmentative of the one-handed horns, which are made by closing the thumb and the middle and fourth fingers and then pointing the remaining fingers (index and pinky, if you're not keeping track) at your target or, more figuratively, toward hell. It's a versatile gesture with a number of variations, and happened to be the favorite and much-abused gesture of a close friend when I was in Italy.
- Why is a stamp a perfect window--and so much simpler, if not cheaper, than books and comics--to another land and/or time?
- Interesting how all the pulp and press from Part 2 find connections, subtle, tangential, and/or direct, to the truths of his memories in Part 3.
- As far as storytelling is concerned, who is Gragnola?
- "...it was like throwing rocks at a rhinoceros...."
- Compare the figurative, fog-laden gorge of Yambo's memory to the real, childhood nightmare. The latter was overcome by dedicated and systematized training. Is there a correlative here to penetrating the memory fog?
- Next character: as far as storytelling is concerned, who is Durante?
- "...because we knew that half a Hail Mary would basically paralyze them."
- "I lack the courage to go to Don Cognasso and confess… and besides, confess what? That which I did not do, nor even see, but only guessed at? Not having anything to ask forgiveness for, I cannot even be forgiven. It is enough to make a person feel damned forever." There's something big here. This story of terror and heroism and guilt occurs just at Yambo's coming of age. All this, combined with Gragnola's ideologies and that of Yambo's books, comics, and grandfather, should add up to who he became as an adult. Thoughts?
- Following up from #8: The bottom of both the figurative and literal gorges hold the same event. Is this Clarabell's treasure? Is this, after everything, a parallel of some sort to the First Folio?
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Friday, April 1, 2011
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana XVII -- chapter 16: DEFENESTRATING FOG
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