This site is an interview with Eco from 1995, and maybe gives some insight into the guy's thinking.
This site is paydirt and has at least 26 links directly from it including book reviews, interviews, homepages, bios, online texts, reviews of his work and related links. It also has a photo that looks remarkably like JT! (you be the judge...).
Umberto Eco and his Travels in Hyperreality