Umberto Eco on poetry and 'Starsky and 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

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  1. Well, anyone who has read the truly exceptional “Foucault’s Pendulum” will know it is a more sophisticated – and terribly scary – version of Dan Brown’s work. So, I figure Eco has a point 😉