N. J. Campbell, Found Audio

Found Audio by N.J. Campbell My rating: 4 of 5 stars "Who is the Biblioteca Nacional de Investigación de Buenos Aires?" I can tell you without in any way spoiling N. J. Campbell's Found Audio that this is the novel's final sentence. It is an odd question on two grounds. First, there is no such … Continue reading N. J. Campbell, Found Audio

César Aira, Ema, the Captive

Ema, the Captive by César Aira My rating: 4 of 5 stars Reading and rereading Wilde over the years, I note a fact that his panegyrists seem not even to have suspected: the elementary and demonstrable fact that Wilde is nearly always right. —Jorge Luis Borges, "On Oscar Wilde" (trans. Esther Allen) Art never expresses … Continue reading César Aira, Ema, the Captive

Jorge Luis Borges, Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature

Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature by Jorge Luis Borges My rating: 4 of 5 stars This recent volume (published by New Directions, translated by Katherine Silver, and edited and annotated by Martín Hadis and Martín Arias) is derived from student recordings and transcriptions of a lecture course on the history of English literature … Continue reading Jorge Luis Borges, Professor Borges: A Course on English Literature

George Steiner, The Poetry of Thought

The Poetry of Thought: From Hellenism to Celan by George Steiner My rating: 4 of 5 stars Why have I become addicted to reading George Steiner? Oblique answers below. This is an essay—and Steiner stresses that it is indeed an “essay,” in the Montaignean sense of “trial”—about the failure of philosophy. Philosophers have longed to … Continue reading George Steiner, The Poetry of Thought