Eco: Fifth Day

The Fourth Day ends with Salvatore being caught with one of the servants and the woman whom Adso has loved is arrested as a witch. This is where the fifth day starts off.

William and Adso come closer to the conclusion on the mysterious events arising at the monastery as in Terce, Severinus informs William of a strange book that appears in his laboratory and the text hints that this might of have been left behind from a man who he assumed had something with him.

Fifth Day starts to get more interesting as previous passages as in Sext when things go down hill yet again in the Abbey. Bernard escorts William and Adso to Severinus’ laboratory only to find the man dead.

A side from the brief summary of the sections, Umberto Eco yet again successfully draws me into the text with his use of imagery when a body is found. The description of Severinus’ body is quite vivid and almost harsh as he is described with his head bashed in and documents and so forth thrown around the room. This scene depicted in the book reminds me of a body being found in a horror film. There isn’t much detail but the reader gets the picture of a gruesome crime scene fled by the killer.

Source: Eco: Fifth Day

Eco: Fourth Day

Ending with Third Day and starting Fourth Day, this book is getting more and more intense as Adso and William find another dead body in the end of Third Day. The body they found was Berengar’s. The body they concluded must of been drowned.

Fourth day kicks off with William and Adso observing the corpse of Berengar. This was really exciting to read as the men discovered the body of Berengar and Venantius both had the traces of a dark substance on their finger tips. Through reading this passage I felt as though the men were coming closer to figuring out the identity or reasoning to why bodies are showing up dead.

Reading on through the section’s chapter I definitely got a feel of the Da Vinci Code vibe. Especially in the chapter, Vespers, Fourth Day. William and Adso speak to Alinardo who hints to them that key to the crimes is in the Book of Revelation. The men come closer to their understanding of the crimes and depict their solution but don’t know which one may be the truth through William’s philosophy.

Source: Eco: Fourth Day

Eco: Third Day

Third Day in, The Name of the Rose, definitely raised questions throughout my reading. The lauds to prime was shocking as they discovered a bloody cloth in Berengar’s cell and he was no where to be found. This part struck me as interesting because previously in Second Day, the two men were questioning Berengar and how he could possibly be connected to the finding of the body.

This sections of the book moves on and something else stuck out to me. Adso visits the library and finds the monks make new learnings. The scriptures they already had is the key to what made the abbey such a sanctuary place. Through reading this section, I got the idea that the new learnings made that Adso observed would presumably question everything the monks live for and stand by.

Source: Eco: Third Day

Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

This brief article was interested to read. We truly are introduced to numerous words and works everyday but the scary thing is, we don’t really remember a lot of it. The first part of this article said how a person remembers when they read the book, where they bought it, the title, etc. I can do the same but I really remember books and things that spark my interests.

For example, The Name of the Rose, the first chapters were a challenge to understand through close-reading but as the book went on so did the story. The Second Day, section of the book really drew me in because I was interested and I was able to remember a lot of the passages for our weekly class.

Therefore, I think the same should go for reading as it does writing. People need to take the time to slow down and read the material because just skimming through it all leaves a person with an unclear evaluation.

Source: Why We Forget Most of the Books We Read

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

After reading this article, it makes me think if technology is really hurting the essence of reading. The article describes how our brains adapted to a style of linear reading. It is also very easy for us to find key words of the passage by the layout that is used.

The article also offers insight to another side of reading; online reading. We have adapted to the use of technology for some time now and it is only getting more and more advanced. The article briefly stated how when we read online we look for key-terms or phrases and frantically scroll up and down and this is not the linear style reading such as a book that most are used to.

Therefore, I think people need to take the time to slow down when reading online. Read an article as if it were a book. Slowly make your way through the text on the screen as if you are turning the pages. Yes, it is a possibility books will be extinguished from our society and that is why we need to treat online reading as if they are physical books and take the time to read. People in the near future if not now may adapt to reading a physical book like online reading and just skim the pages.

Source: Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say

Eco: Second Day

The Second Day in , The Name of a Rose, definitely had me keep reading on. This section starts with the two men sitting in on a choir with the monks. Things turn a little more than unexpected when everyone is alarmed that a body had been found.

The overall description of the scene and the trail from where the body might have been found made me, the reader, feel as if I was there standing right next to William. I also found the detective aspect of this section very interesting. Previously, in class, Dr. Jerz said this book has a Sherlock vibe to it and within this passage you can really see this play out.

The two men examine the body and take close look at all the medicine used which are later explained could be used as poison or as the Greeks say “pharmacon” which could be either medicine or poison.

Also, the way the author portrays each character and the dialogue used also brought on that detective-crime scene feel. The two men kept constantly asking questions about the man and how he ended up in the jar and where he was dragged from. Overall, I think this book is just starting to get good.

Source: Eco: Second Day

DK Book

In the Dk Book, on page 52, there is a section on handwriting. Within this section, the book talks about mirror writing. It is very difficult for an individual to copy your signature if you write in reverse. This section made myself reflect back on Dr. Sasmor’s presentation on manuscript and how some of the great inventors and philosophers would often write in reverse so no one would still their work.

On page 52 of the DK Book, there is a passage on paper. The passage suggests that paper was invented in China by Cai Lun. The paper was made from plants that had a lot of cellulose in the fibers. This section here made me think of the passage we read that described how in older times people would use different writing styles and paper for different occasions such as legal documents and so forth.

Source: DK Book

DiRenzo, “His Master’s Voice”

The passage has really broaden my horizons on the history of writing. One thing I really found interesting was the fact, Tiro, had to learn multiple forms of manuscript. The forms of writing he used were separate for business, inscription, legal documents, and so forth. Comparing this to today’s form of communication for the professional world, we primarily focus on professional style emails as opposed to hand written documents.

Also, after the reading the passage it was interesting to see how many people relied on others for the help of handwriting. Today we do not have to do much of that because of auto-correct on phones and laptops. The history behind writing in the older days was cool to read about as these people worked hard to perfect their talents.

Source: DiRenzo, “His Master’s Voice”

Twenty-Six Old Characters

I was able to read through the cursive text quite easily. I have read and wrote in cursive in my previous years of education but if I tried today it would be somewhat of a challenge. Handwriting in my life is something that is kind of becoming obsolete. In my today’s generation we have laptops and phones that we can type everything out with. Although I do handwrite my outlines for papers. Without learning to write I would not have the knowledge of knowing letters and the formation of words; obviously.

The things that really stood out to me in the video is how letters have developed over time. Early on in the video the letters almost, well at least to me, like hieroglyphics. Another thing I found amusing was the fountain pen and how that came to be. The guy in the video pulled a lever to get the ink in the pen, nowadays we can just go to the store and buy a pen that is already filled with ink.

Source: Twenty-Six Old Characters

Can You Read or Write Cursive?

I was briefly taught to read and write cursive in the early days of elementary school. Since then I have not really visited the area of writing since. My knowledge of what letters are what in cursive is a bit foggy but this passage has helped refresh my memory.

Reading through this passage of cursive I got through it relatively fast, like Dr. Jerz said we really do choose to remember certain things. Cursive was never that important but it was important enough for me to remember letters to read through this passage. Also, I think cursive can teach us a lot about the times in earlier years of writing when people would write in all cursive. Through studying cursive we can really dive deep into the history behind the manuscript and study how people communicated and wrote so frequently with cursive.

Source: Can You Read or Write Cursive?