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[Image of Anonymous Author] This is the part where I attempt to describe myself. Ah, the everlasting philosophical question: How to grasp the enigma of the self? Is it even possible to identify this loquacious author—a voice without body—with whom you've been interacting?

Well, call me Ian Dunross (a pseudonym); for it doesn't really matter what my real name is because evidently I don't exist—at least according to the great semiotician Umberto Eco, who states that the author is not important:

I'll tell you at once that I couldn't really care less about the empirical author of a narrative text (or, indeed, of any text).

(Six Walks in the Fictional Woods 11)

My ontology gets even more complicated, because Eco proclaims that:

The author should die once he has finished writing. So as not to trouble the path of the text.

(Postscript to the Name of the Rose 7)

In other words, we are to forget the author who created the text. The author is not here before you. Only the other entity, the text, is here, speaking to you. But if it's any comfort, there are traces of my existence. I can say with certainty that I'm in North Carolina. A graduate of San Jose State University, I've been in the high-tech industry for a number of years, writing product documentation and developing multimedia projects. When I'm not pursuing my literary interests, I enjoy driving my SLK roadster and exploring wineries. My interests range from photography to music recording to playing piano and the classical guitar. I spent my childhood in Toronto, Canada and currently live in the Charlotte area.


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Works Cited

Eco, Umberto. Six Walks In The Fictional Woods. Harvard University Press, 1995.
---. Postscript to the Name of the Rose. Trans. William Weaver. New York, NY: Harcourt Brace
Jovanovich, 1983.

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