Wednesday, August 24, 2011

En homenaje a Jorge Luis Borges, born August 24, 1899

Es una locura laboriosa . . .
Text by Jorge Luis Borges
Pen and ink drawing by David Esslemont

"Es una locura laboriosa y empobrecedora la locura de escribir libros muy extensos desarrollando durante quinientas páginas una idea que puede ser contada perfectamente en cinco minutos de narración oral. La mejor forma de ocuparse de ellos es hacer como que esos libros ya existen y ofrecer un sumario, un comentario".

"It is a laborious madness and an impoverishing one, the madness of composing vast books - setting out in five hundred pages an idea that can be perfectly related orally in five minutes. The better way to go about it is to pretend that those books already exist, and offer a summary, a commentary on them."

From the  Introduction to El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (The Garden of Forking Paths)


Podcast: David Esslemont on the history of the Gregynog and Solmentes Presses

Gregynog Hall Nigel Beale aka The Literary Tourist , came to visit and recorded our conversation in which he asked me about the history...