"I owe to De Quincey (to whom my debt is so vast that to point out only one part of it may appear to repudiate or silence the others) my first notice of …"
If at times I have appeared knowledgeable or worth reading to others, it is perhaps only because I have stood on the shoulders of Borges and Wikipedia. Borges the essayist is deeply underrated. (Borges’s poetry does not survive translation very well; and his fiction often, I feel, struggles to harmonize the divergence requirements of truth and...more
I mean this man is so brilliant I'm starting to turn into a dithering fanboy when reading his books.
Now, I've only actually owned this book for a couple of days, and to be honest I've only read a few of the hundred plus essays in here, but this isn't exactly a book to be read from beginning to end. In fact that seems like a pretty pointless exercise. You can gain so much from reading so little of Borges' writing that it seems like I may as well write a revi ...more
The grid is 5X5. Of course, the center box is "LABYRINTH" (free space). Fill the 24 boxes around it with the following motifs/moves/topics, in random order. Whenever a topic gets mentioned in the book you're reading, check it off. First to 5 wins!
no, you don't need to include that. I recognize that you're fascinated by the idea that someone opposed fascism, but by and large, that's only worth a footnote. You also don't have to include this. Sure, it's interesting every now and then to see what a favorite author thinks about a book, but not *every* book. Don't you see, editor, what a disservice you're doing to these people? Just choose the very best, and leave the rest for later volumes.
On the other h ...more
Has any man ever been more well-read! Borges appears to have a deep acquaintance with every major Western author of the last three thousand or so years. That he accomplished this feat while being blind for nearly half of his life, having to depend on others to read works aloud for him, is even more astonishing.
I think Borges's most significant contribution to liter ...more
The indescribable beauty of Borges poetry and prose is combined with some absolutely brilliant essays that would have earned this book five stars even without the gorgeous writing. I didn't ever think I'd be able to say that an essay made me tear up because of the writing, but once again Borges has grabbed me by the hand and shown me that there's no point having any expectations when it comes to anything if he's involved. ...more
In this collection, I didn’t read the book reviews, prologues, Dantesque essays, nor film criticisms.
The translators of The One Thousand and One Nights p. 92
Ramón Llull’s Thinking Machine p. 155
A New Refutation of Time p. 317
The Scandinavian Destiny p. 377
A History of the Tango p. 394
“In this feat of Manco [One Hand] Wenceslao - as Suaréz is now known - certain mild or polite touches (his trade as rope maker, his scruples abo ...more
Probably for this reason, I set the book aside for a good while, only occasionally picking it up, to read an essay perhaps every few weeks. Eventually, however, the mat ...more
I’ve read all of his publications in Spanish, and I am sure there ...more