The legends of medieval books

This blogpost is not about myths and legends, but about editorial┬álegends,┬áthe written explanatory matter accompanying an illustration, map, chart, explaining how visuals are to be read and understood, or what they stand for. Despite their widespread use, legends are not modern.┬áMedieval scribes, scholars and the manuscript culture these worked in made good use of legends,Continue reading “The legends of medieval books”

“If on a winter’s night” … an author and a reader…

Italo Calvino’s If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler (‘Se una note d’inverno un viaggiatore’) is a brilliant postmodern novel dealing with the implications of our age-long narrative watertight compartments of author, narrator, character, narrative, stability, identity, persistence, etc – and playing with the fire of their inversion and dissolution. It is a novel aboutContinue reading ““If on a winter’s night” … an author and a reader…”