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Segundo diario mínimo (Diario minimo #2)

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Esta colección ingeniosa e irreverente de ensayos lúdicos sobre el militarismo, la jerga informática, de vaqueros, los bibliotecarios y los burócratas de las comidas en los aviones, los trenes de Amtrak, el mal café, correo expreso, máquinas de fax y la pornografía es "una combinación extraña de lo profundo y lo profano." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Paperback, 328 pages
Published by Lumen Press (first published 1992)
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Mariℓina
It's a pretty hard task to speak out your mind -truthfully- about important people's writings.
Umberto Eco is a well known and highly celebrated for his works, philosopher, writer, anthropologist, sociologist and so on, but that doesn't exclude him from critics, ratings and reviews and it shouldn't either.


This particular collection is filled with articles targeting mundane vexations of modern life -that he radically hates- and what enables us to face them. Whilst the reader can identify a great m
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elenirou
Υπέροχος. Ελπίζω να διαβάσουν το "πώς να φυλάγεστε από τις χήρες" πριν εκδώσουν ανέκδοτα γραπτά του. Αλλά μπα.
Stela
En quittant Roumanie il y a plus de huit ans, je laissais là-bas non seulement une partie de ma famille et des amis, mais aussi d’une grande bibliothèque dont j’ai apporté au Canada peu de livres (surtout des écrivains roumains) en me disant que j’allais la refaire ici. Ce que j’ai fait, en rachetant peu à peu les titres que j’avais et aimais. Le problème est que j’ai tendance à oublier si j’ai acheté ou non un livre et me voici déjà avec une belle pile de doubles à donner à des amis.

C’est ce q
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Ebtihal Abuali
Feb 06, 2010 Ebtihal Abuali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أعجبني في هذا الكتاب الإنتقاد الساخر، الذكي، والمضحك لأمور واقعية، بعيداً عن الهزل أو التجريح.. في مقاله (كيفية السفر مع سلمون) ينتقد كيف أن الانظمة المعلوماتية التي يفترض ان تجعل حياتنا اسهل هي ذاته يمكنها ان تجعل حياتنا اكثر تعقيدا وتجعل السفر مع سلمون صعباً!

فقط لمت نفسي على اختيار نسخة مترجمة مرتين! (نسخة المركز الثقافي العربي): من الايطالية إلى الفرنسية ومن ثم إلى العربية. ثمة كلمات فشلت الترجمة في نقلها الى العربية وأبقتها كما هي، وفي مواضع اخرى وجدتني قادرة على تصور ترجمات أفضل للعبارات!

ال
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William Handel
While making my way through this collection I couldn’t help but be reminded of the classic scene from Fight Club in which the narrator introduces Tyler Durden to the concept of a “single-serving friend.” Umberto Eco is very clever, but with the wit washed away I’ve almost become convinced that the contents of this book could be summarized in a series of tweet-length statements.

To be sure, the essays are mostly amusing. “How to Replace a Driver’s License” and “How to Play Indians” were two of my
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Ken
Apr 10, 2013 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is funny to me now how forward thinking Eco was in terms of the mobile phone, the subject of my favorite essay in this book. In 1992, when the devices were still a rarity, he likened a mobile phone not to a luxury item for the important, but as a dog collar for the servants. I don't remember the exact words anymore, but his main point seemed to be, "If you are really important, you have someone else take care of that stuff for you; you are not at anyone's beck and call." It changed my view th ...more
Τζαζίλας Μπάμπης
Καυστικός και απολαυστικός, ευρηματικός κι ευφυολόγος, μέσα από μια σειρά δοκιμίων ποικίλης θεματολογίας και βιωματικού/αυτοβιογραφικού χαρακτήρα, γραμμένα μεταξύ 1980-91, ο Έκο στηλιτεύει την παραδοξότητα, ερευνά τη ζωή στις διάφορες πτυχές της -τέχνη, επιστήμη, τεχνολογία, γραφειοκρατεία, ανθρώπινη ματαιοδοξία κ.α.- και ξεμπροστιάζει το ανθρώπινο ον όπως του αξίζει υπό το πρίσμα, πάντα, της σάτιρας. Το φανταστικό μπλέκεται περίτεχνα με το πραγματικό σε πολλά σημεία κι ο αναγνώστης αφήνεται να ...more
umberto
Sep 19, 2014 umberto rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Hilarity is what we can find while reading this sequel of his "Misreadings" (Picador 1994) since Umberto Eco has written like a true professor as aptly credited to St. Augustine I read somewhere some years ago, that is, 'St. Augustine wrote like a professor' [to verify, Would any GR friend please inform me if you know its reference?]. This of course has proven one thing, that is, writing is one of the tough, grinding and formidable processes essential to all good and great professors worldwide f ...more
Agnesca
Dec 13, 2010 Agnesca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ca faisait longtemps qu'un livre ne m'avait fait rire "à haute voix" !
En général il y a des livres qui amènent un sourire amusé à quelques bons mots, mais là il y a eu des moments d'esclaffage (?) ! Et j'en avais bien besoin... Si vous en connaissez d'autres dans la même veine..
Joy
Jun 12, 2009 Joy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I haven't read anything by Eco before but since one of my friends gave it 5 stars it is probably worth a look :)
Michael
Nov 27, 2014 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014_read
It's a rare book that provokes me to giggle out loud at 1:30am.
Mazel
Dec 15, 2010 Mazel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avez-vous déjà eu besoin de mettre un saumon fumé dans le mini-frigo de votre chambre d'hôtel ? Tenté d'installer un logiciel en lisant les trois volumes d'explications fournis par le fabricant. Renoncé à prendre un médicament anodin en raison des risques terribles que sa notice fait peser sur " certains sujets " ? Entrepris de chercher du sexe sur Internet ? Si vous répondez oui à l'une de ces questions, alors vous vous reconnaîtrez dans les pages de ce livre, qui relate, sur un mode hilarant e ...more
Philipp

The train, in America, is not a choice. It is a punishment for, having neglected to read Weber on the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism, making the mistake of remaining poor.
Heli
Jul 23, 2015 Heli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enpä taas muista, mille viimeksi olisin nauranut näin paljon kuin Econ pakinoille. Semiootikko kuvailee nykyaikaista (1980-1990-lukujen) ja melko akateemissävytteistä elämänmenoa erilaisten väärinymmärrysten kautta. Sähköiset viestintävälineet eivät Econ kertomuksissa auta vaan hankaloittavat viestintää.

Kumma kyllä Eco ei näytä innostuvan liiasta selittämisestäkään. Pakinat "Miten käy johdannon kirjoittaminen" ja "Miten mikin käy bongassa" pilkkaavat runsasta metatekstin käyttöä (tieteellisissä)
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toni
Jul 24, 2012 toni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Favs: <How to Take Intelligent Vacations>, <How to Use the Taxi Driver>, <How to Eat Ice Cream>, <How to Justify a Private Library>, <How to Compile an Inventory>, <Editorial Revision>, <How to Write an Introduction> and <How to Watch Out for Widows>.

Secretly skipped: <Stars and Stripes>, <On the Impossibility of Drawing a Map of the Empire on a Scale of 1 to 1>, <How to Buy Gadgets>, <Three Owls on a Chest Drawers>, <Seq
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Nathan
May 10, 2015 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to give up after getting through three quarters of this book, although I did enjoy most of the essays during the first half. There was some really great satire, and I expanded my vocabulary with a plethora of ostentatious morphemes.

I really enjoyed the title essay, which hooked me for a while. I also enjoyed the 1:1 scale map thought experiment. It was fun to learn about life in 1980s Italy, such as How To Renew a Driver's License. Many of the essays have aged well and can be appreciated b
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Procyon Lotor
Salvatore lascia allet di ventanni il paese natio per emigrare in Australia, dove vive in esilio per quarantanni. Poi, sessantenne, raccolti i suoi risparmi, torna a casa. E mentre si avvicina alla stazione, Salvatore fantastica: ritrover i compagni, gli amici di un tempo, nel bar della sua giovent? Lo riconosceranno? Gli faranno delle feste, gli chiederanno di raccontare le sue avventure tra canguri e aborigeni, avidi di curiosit? E quella ragazza che...? E il droghiere dellangolo? E cos via... ...more
J. Alfred
Eco is undoubtably one of the smartest guys around, and a very enjoyable author on anything he happens to be writing about, so you'd imagine that a book of his essays on various subjects would be amusing. And so it is. It just isn't the knockout, perhaps, that you'd expect. Some essays are excellent, others less so. In my estimation, they kind of suffer from a difference in tone: you begin an essay on ice cream, for instance, expecting fun having gotten unbridled fun from several other entries) ...more
Carl Rocheleau
Comment voyager avec un saumon est un recueil de textes hétéroclites. Si l'un est une nouvelle littéraire sur les aléas de la bureaucratie du futur, l'autre se présente plutôt sous la forme d'une anecdote concernant l'utilisation du télécopieur ou des réfrigérateur d'hôtel. Nous sommes à des kilomètres des romans qui ont fait la grandeur de l'auteur. Cette oeuvre nous montre le côté plus ludique d'Umberto Eco, ce qui vous le rendra beaucoup plus sympathique si vous trouviez ses grands romans un ...more
Rachida
Jul 01, 2011 Rachida rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
حسنا ، لم أستطع الاستمتاع به ،أكاد أجزم أني لم أفهم أغلب المقالات التي وردت فيه . كان العنوان أول ماجذبني فيه وقرأت النص -من النت - الذي يحمل نفس العنوان والذي أعجبني ودفعني لاقتناءه..يا للاسف لم يكن يستحق
Eric
Oct 04, 2012 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never had this much fun being made fun of. If you don't mind excessive exercises in the absurd, juxtaposed with educational wit this may be the book for you.
Nathan
Sep 17, 2007 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Linguists and other degenerates.
Shelves: humor
Hilarious, in that uniquely Eco-ian way. You will never travel with a dead aquatic special the same way again.

NC
Keith
Jan 06, 2008 Keith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays
Brain candy, pure and simple. And good, too.
Karmajnn
At the beginning I was enchanted by the first essay, because despite of being aimed directly to children, it had something very brilliant and perceptive inside. Also "How it Begins and How It Ends" is a magical and charming little story about two youngs boys who shared the same theatre plays, but always not in its entirety. Unfortunately, the whole book appears to be very chaotic - the most of essays is selected quite randomly and gives the impression of insouciance.
Deke
Nov 30, 2014 Deke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Revealing Eco's humorous side, these short humorous essays originally appearing in a column during the 80s. I found them to be of widely varying levels of interest 30 years later, as some touched on timeless topics, some were clearly dated but provided a window into the past (the early days of fax machines and cell phones), others didn't. I prefer his thoughtful, insightful essays, but these made for a quick, sometimes clever read.
Irene
I just re-read this book, which I first read maybe 10 years ago. I'm not sure why, but before re-reading it, I had it in my head that it was a really great book, and I gave it 4 stars from memory. Maybe because I was younger and less well-read when I first read it, so it made a bigger impression on me? I don't know, but anyway, after reading it again, I'm downgrading it to 2 stars. :P I'd actually give it 2 1/2 if I could.

There were a handful of essays, mostly towards the beginning and end, that
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Chris Bentley
Mar 21, 2013 Chris Bentley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a real soft spot for Umberto Eco's short writing. This book is probably the best collection of his essays I have come across. They are translated beautifully into English, not that I can vouch for the retention of their full meaning (I don't speak Italian).
The title essay details all the wonderful eccentricities that come with international travel. From the poorly thought out, but well intentioned gifts of hosts, to the bloody-mindedness of hotel support staff, every reader will be able t
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Zane Šturme
Apr 23, 2015 Zane Šturme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian
Highly entertaining book which tells different stories- how to eat an ice-cream, how to travel with a salmon, how to talk about animals etc. Writer shows his magnificent writing skills and gets a hold of reader so easily you even don't notice.

While reading these essays, I was laughing for couple of times in public transport. And I really enjoyed it.

4 stars because some of essays were too complicated for me- I am not a fan of mathematical formulas.
G-E
Aug 13, 2014 G-E rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Le premier chapitre est une histoire absurde de science-fiction. Je n’y comprenais rien et je ne trouvais ça ni drôle ni intéressant. J’ai passé au chapitre en espérant mieux. Le deuxième chapitre est constitué de plusieurs anecdotes sous forme de mode d’emploi. J’ai lu la moitié et je me suis dit qu’il y avait trop de bons livres que je ne prenais pas le temps de livre pour perdre des minutes avec lui. Les anecdotes sont souvent dépassées, car elle date entre 20 et 30 ans et la technologie et n ...more
Jamie
Jun 02, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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