Thursday, March 5, 2009

What Happens to Words When You Put Them Away?

I was amused by this line from Borges's short story, "The Aleph": a boy, I would be astounded that the letters in a closed book didn't get all scrambled up together overnight... (Jorge Luis Borges, "The Aleph"; trans. Andrew Hurley)

Indeed! How did he know that they didn't scramble up overnight and rearrange themselves when he reopened the book? (I would think this is an observation Borges would appreciate!)

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