Wednesday, January 23, 2008

writing is collaboration. taken from the quotidian and the extraordinary the texts we read, the movies and music we see and hear, the streets we drive and walk are texts that are built upon and worked on contemporaneously with texts of sight [site], mind and language. here is borges on the matter:

A miracle happens: from the fortuitous conjunctions of a Persian astronomer who condescends to write poetry, and an eccentric Englishman who peruses Oriental and Hispanic books, perhaps without completely understanding them, emerges an extraordinary poet who does not resemble either of them.

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All collaboration is mysterious.

from "The Enigma of Edward FitzGerald" by Jorge Luis Borges

and that faulkner used to say if he hadn't written his novels somebody else would have written them.

thanks to ernesto who sent me back to borges tonight.

4 Comments:

At 9:30 PM, Blogger Clifford Duffy said...

Richard

and that faulkner used to say if he hadn't written his novels somebody else would have written them.

that is special putting me in mind ofthe idea of the unconscious being a factory,so why not? in one sense it's true that a nyone in theory could finish something someone else has started if they enter the mind, mimesis so to speak of the person that was doing th e thing to begin with

did I say happy new year?


Love

what say ya about oabama and all these days

Cliff

 
At 9:35 PM, Blogger Clifford Duffy said...

I want to assure you Ricardo you are going to haven. when u get there. borges is going offer you tea, for blind men!

i dont give a fumeur's fuck about orthography. too tired.

 
At 7:59 AM, OpenID neverneutral said...

Thanks to you for the shout-out and for reminding me of those passages.

Abrazo.

 
At 10:16 PM, Blogger richard lopez said...

cliff: happy new year to you too. i do remember faulkner saying that someone would've written his novels if he hadn't. i think he's right. barack hopefully will become even a more formidable candidate.

ernesto: a pleasure, hermano.

 

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