The poetry of Jorge Luis Borges

I've read his many stories off and on throughout my life, but never his poetry until this year. From reading his memorable stories, certain words and ideas have come to carry a lot of 'Borgesness' with them: Labyrinth, hexameter, tigers, algebra, chess, libraries, mirrors, coins--and this carries through to his poetry as well. This could …

A decorative library

I've started reading The Great Gatsby for what may be the first time? I'm unsure. I read an article recently about certain books that everyone claims to have read, but not many really have, and Gatsby was one of them. I always thought I read it in high-school, and always marked it off as 'read' …

Meandering Thoughts

So... after the random rambling of Proust bored me, I decided to go for another book full of seemingly aimless thoughts, but this one is 100 times more interesting. What makes it interesting? I think mainly because it is about things in the real world, interesting facts, thoughtful insights on people, places and things... instead …

Starting at the action

I'm listening to Kafka's Metamorphosis, and the first sentence is him waking up as a giant insect. This is how stories should be told. So many other writers, amateur or not, would write however many thousands of words about the day before it happened--but why waste time getting there? Since the story is about him …

Trial and error?

I'm still listening to The Trial, and it has less of an effect on my nerves now, and is more just absurd and confusing. The law system the story is describing, is bizarre, and seems completely removed from reality, though it is a dark mirror of bureaucracies in general, I suppose. The character has no …