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Today's Reading: Funes, the Memorious

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Today is World Book Day and to celebrate it there was a public "reading “:http://www.flickr.com/photos/eliazar/133660670/ of The Aleph, a wonderful book of short stories by Jorge Luis Borges ”p">(“the information fetishist”), in my city. Let’s not miss the opportunity, here’s a great short-story of his to read today: Funes, the Memorious (in English and in Spanish).

“He could perceive I do not know how many stars in the sky.”

The story is slow, filled with all sorts of mundane, meticulous details (apocryphal, of course) and full of seemingly irrelevant roundabouts — Borges hallmarks. How else can you talk about such profoundly magical things?

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