Monday, December 23, 2013

The poetry of battle …

… The Daggers of Jorge Luis Borges by Michael Greenberg | The New York Review of Books. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Borges calls himself a “hedonic” reader—he seeks pleasure in books, and beyond that, a “form of happiness.” He advises his students to leave a book if it bores them: “that book was not written for you,” no matter its reputation or fame. As a reader, he hunts for specific passages, or even just phrases, that move him. “One falls in love with a line, then with a page, then with an author,” he says. “Well, why not? It is a beautiful process.”

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