Tell me why…

wikipediaA colleague once noted that her then teen-aged son had a complaint about the rules at his prestigious day school. Wikipedia, that on-line tool designed to make Britannica and other storied names from the days of Denis Diderot to the near present obsolete, was forbidden as a source. His complaint boiled down to, “Instead of always building Continue reading


Libraries and Labyrinths

Jorge Luis Borges

Good (well, not so good, really)  Irish-Catholic that I am, I have an abiding belief that everything happens for a reason. That includes large gaps in the various timelines of my life. As gaps go, the 30 years or so between first picking up Ficciones and actually reading it may represent a personal best.

About that first encounter: I wish I could say it was driven by intellectual curiosity, a deep knowledge of world literature or even the recommendation of a professor who recognized a certain sort of soul. Alas, I was just trying to impress a girl.

In the event I didn’t get the girl, which I now recognize was a good thing. What I got instead was a Continue reading