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Reads tagged with “Jorge Luis Borges”

The Mirror of Enigmas: Chance, the Universe, and the Pale Blues of Knowing Who We Are
The Mirror of Enigmas: Chance, the Universe, and the Pale Blues of Knowing Who We Are

“There is no human being on earth capable of declaring with certitude who he is.”

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The Nothingness of Personality: Young Borges on the Self
The Nothingness of Personality: Young Borges on the Self

“There is no whole self. It suffices to walk any distance along the inexo­rable rigidity that the mirrors of the past open to us in order to feel like out­siders, naively flustered by our own bygone days.”

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The Private Person and the Public Persona: Borges on the Divided Self
The Private Person and the Public Persona: Borges on the Divided Self

A timeless parable of the self-defeating quest for integration.

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Borges on Public Opinion, Literature vs. the Other Arts, and the True Measure of Success
Borges on Public Opinion, Literature vs. the Other Arts, and the True Measure of Success

“When you come right down to it, opinions are the most superficial things about anyone.”

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Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens
Letter to Borges: Susan Sontag on Books, Self-Transcendence, and Reading in the Age of Screens

“Books are not only the arbitrary sum of our dreams, and our memory. They also give us the model of self-transcendence… a way of being fully human.”

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Borges on Turning Trauma, Misfortune, and Humiliation into Raw Material for Art
Borges on Turning Trauma, Misfortune, and Humiliation into Raw Material for Art

“All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art.”

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A New Refutation of Time: Borges on the Most Paradoxical Dimension of Existence
A New Refutation of Time: Borges on the Most Paradoxical Dimension of Existence

“Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.”

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Jorge Luis Borges on Collective Tragedy and Collective Joy
Jorge Luis Borges on Collective Tragedy and Collective Joy

“There was the emotion over what had occurred, and there was also the emotion of knowing that thousands of people, millions of people, maybe all the people in the world, were feeling great emotion over what was occurring.”

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An Illustrated Meditation on Memory and Its Imperfections, Inspired by Borges
An Illustrated Meditation on Memory and Its Imperfections, Inspired by Borges

A most unusual invitation to repaint the reality we take for granted through the art of moral imagination.

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Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews
Jorge Luis Borges on Writing: Wisdom from His Most Candid Interviews

“A writer’s work is the product of laziness.”

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