This was my opportunity to come up with a really good title. I didn't. I did not feel equal to the task. This is a portrait of a man I cannot describe quickly or easily. He not only is one of the most intelligent and accomplished humans alive, but one of the funniest. Umberto Eco is best known for his novel "The Name Of The Rose", and though he has written a few works of fiction, his major work is in the field of education and semiotics. I won't even try to list what he has done. I will instead say that everytime I read him, I feel like I am looking across a distant horizon, one filled with vast knowledge and history. Leaning upon the shoulder of this giant, I catch a glimpse of what can be known. He is an amazing intellect with abundant wit. My favorite novel is "Baudolino". My favorite nonfiction may be "Serendipities: Language and Lunacy" or "Six Walks Through The Fictional Woods". And I dearly love the collection "How To Travel With A Salmon and Other Essays". For children's books, Eco's "The Three Astronauts" is my favorite of all time. He is my favorite living author. Okay. I stop now. Nuff said.