Monday, November 23, 2009

Me and Borges

I am reading Jorge Luis Borges for the first time, his collection called Personal Anthology. It's pretty amazing. He has a piece not unlike C. S. Lewis's story about what it was like to be inside the Trojan Horse, about what it was like to be Homer going blind, and deciding to write--well, chant--a poem about the life he had lived and seen. The longest piece is 20 pages, an attempt to mix Berkeley and the Buddhist text called The Questions of King Menander (Milinda), which is as literary and erudite and yet readable as anything I've ever read. It's like a nonchristian bathroom meditations book. Amazing.

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