Yesterday was Jorge Luis Borges’s birthday–google reminded me of this, while making use of the quote that has long been one of my email signatures: “I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”
Happy belated, wonderful Jorge.
It’s probably safe to say that Borges and his marvelous ficciones changed my life, because they shifted my way of seeing the world. The blind librarian of the national library in Buenos Aires wrote short, conceptual sketches. Many of them didn’t really have a story, per se, but were more like cerebral explorations of fascinating concepts, formulated by an original and beautiful mind.
So many of his pieces are like exquisite jewels. They are wonderful thought experiments that emerge and find shape and form as you read the story. The concept soon reveals itself in its full elegance, like the ingenious, mechanical clockwork at the core of a faberge egg.