16 July 2008

Umberto Eco on poetry and 'Starsky & Hutch'

Celebrated author Umberto Eco, who penned such notable titles as The Name of the Rose and Baudolino, had this to say about poetry:
I think that at a certain age, say fifteen or sixteen, poetry is like masturbation. But later in life good poets burn their early poetry, and bad poets publish it. Thankfully I gave up rather quickly.
He also professes his love for the TV series Starsky & Hutch and claims he invented Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown. You read it right.

More in a Paris Review interview snippet here...

1 comment:

Omnipotent Poobah said...

I got as far as burning what I wrote during my teens and thankfully realized I ain't a poet so stopped right there.

Probably not much of a blogger either come to think of it, but blog readers are an "easy room".