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message 1: by Héctor (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Héctor Gibbon observes that in the Arabian book par excellence, in the Koran, there are no camels; I believe if there were any doubt as to the authenticity of the Koran, this absence of camels would be sufficient to prove it is an Arabian work.

Jorge Luis Borges, The Argentine Writer and the Tradition

message 2: by Héctor (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Héctor There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.

Jorge Luis Borges, The Avatars of the Tortoise

message 3: by Héctor (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:09PM) (new)

Héctor If space is infinite we are at any point of the space. If time is infinite we are at any point of the time.

Jorge Luis Borges, The Book of Sand

message 4: by Héctor (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:32PM) (new)

Héctor Emerson agrees with Montaigne in the fact that we must read only what pleases us, a book has to be a form of happiness.


message 5: by Vince (new)

Vince | 29 comments "You cannot calculate a masterpiece."

message 6: by Héctor (new)

Héctor A growing number of contemporary commentators — whether literature professors or cultural critics like Umberto Eco — have concluded that Borges uniquely, bizarrely, prefigured the World Wide Web. One recent book, “Borges 2.0: From Text to Virtual Worlds” by Perla Sassón-Henry, explores the connections between the decentralized Internet of YouTube, blogs and Wikipedia — the so-called Internet 2.0 — and Borges’s stories, which “make the reader an active participant.” Ms. Sassón-Henry, an associate professor in the language studies department of the United States Naval Academy, describes Borges as “from the Old World with a futuristic vision.” Another work, a collection of essays on the topic from Bucknell University Press, has the provocative title “Cy-Borges” and is expected to appear this year.

In Borges and the Foreseeable Future by Noam Cohen

message 7: by Héctor (new)

Héctor Some moralists reasoned that the possession of money did not always bring about happiness and that other forms of fortune are perhaps more immediate.

Borges, The Lottery in Babylon

message 8: by Héctor (new)

Héctor We must remember, though, that the individuals of the Company were (and are) all-powerful and astute. In many cases, the knowledge that certain joys were simple fabrications of chance would have diminished their moral worth; to avoid this inconvenience, agents of the Company made use of suggestion and magic. Their moves, their manipulations, were secret. To get at everybody’s innermost hopes and fears, astrologers and spies were employed.

Borges, The Lottery in Babylon

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