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Sunday, January 16, 2022


Lydia Davis points out that the French cognate of "superstitious" can mean: “excess of exactitude, obsessive preoccupation." I think that this what Borges means when he says an excessive investment in the style of writing is a superstition.  I mean, literally he doesn't mean something like a fear or black cats or the number 13.  I can see the connection between the two meanings: irrational investment in something that really makes no difference. The faux amis are countless. 

Of course, there is an irony in that Borges is himself an unsurpassed stylist.  


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