Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Borges on writing (Norton Lectures from 1967 and 1967)

Excerpts from the 1967 and 1968 Norton Lectures given by Jorge Luis Borges can be heard here.

Amongst other things, Borges discusses how French literature, although great, is too self-conscious. Preconceiving one's characters, Borges argues can lead one to "labor under illusory problems."

Borges' advice to writers: tamper as little with your own work as possible.


Anonymous said...

Take that "only recently discovered" bit with a grain of salt - the Borges tapes were always available at Harvard's Poetry Room!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link!