Jaime Manrique on Don Quixote

“Fame is a form of incomprehension, perhaps the worst,” wrote Jorge Luis Borges in “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote.” It should not be surprising, then, that the most… More

Borges Beyond Words

Borges used to tell an endearing story that continues to haunt me. When he was a child, his paternal grandmother lived in the house with his family. She was English;… More

Time After Time

In his 1978 lecture “Immortality,” Jorge Luis Borges makes the typically astute observation that “Immortality is in the memory of others and in the work we leave behind.” He… More

All the Range

Borges was an immensely prolific writer who never wrote anything long, and what he mainly wrote, besides his thousand pages of short stories and around five hundred poems, was… More

Nothing Simple

After his death, when I visited Buenos Aries with my wife, Paula Cooper, it was remarkable to stay in a hotel next door to a building that Borges once… More

1,001 Laughs

1,001 LaughsBack in the thirties, Borges worked for an Argentinean womens’ magazine called El Hogar—a magazine of middle-class attitudes and presumptions, roughly similar to Redbook in America today. I… More

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