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Old 06-04-2015   #1
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Paris Review Interview of Borges

Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 39, Jorge Luis Borges
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Re: Paris Review Interview of Borges

Oh, I love this interview. Thanks so much for posting it, Druidic.

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If a writer disbelieves what he is writing, then he can hardly expect his readers to believe it. In this country, though, there is a tendency to regard any kind of writing—especially the writing of poetry—as a game of style. I have known many poets here who have written well—very fine stuff—with delicate moods and so on—but if you talk with them, the only thing they tell you is smutty stories or they speak of politics in the way that everybody does, so that really their writing turns out to be kind of sideshow. They had learned writing in the way that a man might learn to play chess or to play bridge. They were not really poets or writers at all. It was a trick they had learned, and they had learned it thoroughly. They had the whole thing at their finger ends. But most of them—except four or five, I should say—seemed to think of life as having nothing poetic or mysterious about it. They take things for granted. They know that when they have to write, then, well, they have to suddenly become rather sad or ironic.
Love it.

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Re: Paris Review Interview of Borges

Thanks; I read this ages ago. The Paris Review has some of the best interviews out there.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.
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The Paris Review, The Library of Babel, and The Secret Characters:

Wormwoodiana: The Library of Babel
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