Born: January 5, 1932 (age 82), Alessandria, Italy
"I think every professor and writer is in some way an exhibitionist because his or her normal activity is a theatrical one. When you give a lesson the situation is the same as writing a book. You have to capture the attention, the complicity of your audience."
“Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told.”—Postscript to the Name of the Rose
Happy birthday to one of my favorite writers.