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The Library of Babel

Borges and a kitty

Who is Borges?

Borges is a writer. An Argentine writer. He’s known for (mostly short) stories like this that are about places or things that are kind of infinite; usually fantastic but no dragons or spaceships.

An etching of the Library of Babel, from a series of other prints by Erik Desmazières

Why this story?

Borges has similar like Garden of Forking Paths. I think one of the qualities in his stories is that they can be deceptively boring, but this one is pretty clear. Also it’s about letters and books, so you know...graphic design. More directly, this, and the first website linked below are pretty closely related to the Observational Coding Project.

Further Reading/Viewing & Context

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